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U.S. and Bolivia Sign ‘Framework Agreement’ - Issue Joint Statement

Yesterday, U.S. Under Secretary for Global Affairs Maria Otero and Bolivian Vice Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Alurralde signed a Framework Agreement continue reading »

$150 Million Gift to Stanford University to Alleviate Poverty Expected to Benefit Latin America

The Stanford Graduate School of Business has established the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies with a $150 million gift from Dorothy and Robert King, MBA '60 continue reading »

Bolivia Sets Out to Reduce Infant & Maternal Mortality

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $35 million loan to Bolivia for a program to reduce infant and maternal mortality by improving the health services network in the department of Potosí. continue reading »

Chile and Argentina Stand Out in Region For Having Highest Standards of Living

Norway, Australia and the Netherlands lead the world in the 2011 Human Development Index (HDI), while the Democratic Republic of the Congo, continue reading »

Global Study:  El Salvador World’s Most Dangerous Country

Using sources from the criminal justice, health, and conflict studies sectors, the Global Burden of Armed Violence’s 2011 database—which covers data on lethal violence perpetrated worldwide from 2004 to 2009—reveals that: continue reading »

Uruguay Set to Invest Millions in Bolstering Tourism Sector

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan for $5 million to promote tourism in six Uruguayan departments with the aim of boosting foreign exchange earnings, income, and employment. continue reading »

Catholic Church’s Critical Role in Bolivian Indigenous March

After 65 days since the beginning of the indigenous march and confrontation with the government, President Morales has decided not only the definitive suspension of the construction continue reading »

Occupy Wall Street Doesn’t Draw Much Interest in Latin America

It’s a paradox that the only foreign-language kiosk set-up in Zuccotti Park, the site that has been “occupied” by Occupy Wall Street is for Spanish-language information, when, throughout Latin America, the movement has met with little enthusiasm. continue reading »

Paraguay Urged to Pass Laws Protecting Rights of Women and Indians

New laws are urgently needed in Paraguay to protect the rights of minorities, in particular women and indigenous people, a top United Nations human rights official has said, calling on the Government to scale up its efforts to stop discrimination and injustice towards these groups. continue reading »

Bolivia to Bring More Drinkable Water to Rural Areas Thanks to Aid from Spain

Bolivia will improve its drinking water, sanitation and wastewater treatment services in rural communities and small towns with a $20 million grant from the Spanish Cooperation Fund continue reading »

Bolivian Evo Morales Cancels Controversial Amazon Highway

As 2,000 or more Amazonian Indians made their way through Bolivia to the capital of La Paz to meet with President Evo Morales on a controversial highway, he announced he was scraping the whole project. continue reading »

Global Violence Report Shows Homicide Rate Highest in Central and South America for Young Men

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released its first Global Study on Homicide, which shows that young men, particularly in Central and South America continue reading »

U.S. Breaks Ground on New Embassy in the Dominican Republic

In an important symbol of the enduring friendship with the Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic President, Leonel Fernandez; U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Raul Yzaguirre; and Leo Hession, Managing Director for Operations of the Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), broke ground on the New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Santo Domingo. continue reading »

Hugo Chavez Sends Last Minute Notification to UN, He will Not Address the General Assembly

The last minute notification by Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez that he will not be addressing the UN General Assembly is adding speculation about the state of his health. continue reading »

Argentina to Tackle 500,000 Annual Abortions that Take Place, Leading Cause of Maternal Deaths

The issue on abortion will be on the agenda of the Commission of the Criminal Law of Deputies that will talk about this topic for the first time tomorrow, September 27. continue reading »

President Pinera of Chile Discusses Global Economics at UN General Assembly

President Sebastián Piñera of Chile noted the need for concerted action by the UN and other global bodies to deal with financial and other crises in an increasingly inter-connected world. continue reading »

Latin American Economies Doing Well Inspite of Global Economic Problems Say Economic Ministers

Latin America and the Caribbean continue to weather relatively well the problems currently afflicting the global economy, Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno said today at a meeting of central bankers and finance ministers. continue reading »

President of Dominican Republican Blames Arrogance & Greed for Global Economic Crisis

Blaming speculation for the high price of food and oil, and arrogance and greed for the global economic crisis, the Dominican Republic called on the United Nations today for new market rules and proposed a 5 per cent tax on financial transactions to spur growth and prosperity. continue reading »

UN:  Modern, Sustainable Development Critical to Ibero-American Countries

Sustainable development will be critical to achieving long-term progress, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told foreign ministers from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries in Europe and the Americas today in New York. continue reading »

Brazil President Rousseff First Woman to Open UN General Assembly

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff opened the 66th session of the General Assembly being the first woman to ever does so. Calling this 'the century of women' Rousseff did not mince words and let everyone know that she sought for Brazil to be a world player. To that end she affirmed her support for Palestine's bid for full U.N. membership. continue reading »