ECLAC Report Reveals Progress, Remaining Gaps for Indigenous Peoples
There are around 45 million indigenous people in Latin America and the Caribbean, making up 8.5 percent of the region’s total population. Over the last decade, much progress has been achieved in areas including their access to healthcare and education, their political participation and recognition of their rights. Nonetheless, according to a new report released by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), significant gaps remain.
The report, “Guaranteeing indigenous people’s rights in Latin America: progress in the past decade and remaining challenges,” was presented in New York on Sept. 22. Its release was intended to contribute to the debates at the UN’s World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, held during the same week, as well as to the post-2015 development agenda dialogue.