This series promotes debate and disseminates knowledge and analysis on economic and social development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the World Bank, the series seeks to convey the excitement and complexity of the most topical issues in the region.
Titles in the series examine a wide range of issues: from agriculture, manufacturing, and infrastructure to gender, youth employment, urbanization, and tourism. The series is sponsored by the Agence Française de Développement and the World Bank.
Climate change is a fundamental threat to sustainable development and the fight against poverty. The World Bank Group is concerned that without bold action now, the warming planet threatens to put prosperity out of reach of millions and roll back decades of development.
Today’s urban population of about 3.5 billion people is projected to reach 5 billion by 2030, with two-thirds of the global population living in cities. City leaders must move quickly to plan for growth and provide the basic services, infrastructure, and affordable housing their expanding populations need.
Promoting gender equality improves the opportunities and outcomes for the next generation.