80% of Latin American and Caribbean citizens receive services through municipal governments, making it essential to improve local governments’ capacity to serve their citizens.
86 million households ‒ 25% of the region’s urban population ‒ reside in informal urban neighborhoods, which lack basic services and regular land tenure.
55 million households live in housing units that suffer some type of deficit and 70% of these households are located in urban areas.
There are more than 80 UNESCO historical and cultural sites in Latin American cities, but only half of them have management plans.
Latin American cities are extremely vulnerable to extreme weather events, droughts, and floods; three quarters of Latin Americans live in low-lying coastal areas.
The main challenge for cities in Latin America and the Caribbean is to extend the benefits of a sustainable and productive urbanization to all residents.
Households with fewer resources are the most vulnerable to environmental hazards and the lack of social inclusion hampers the effectiveness of mitigation actions. In turn, the decline in urban productivity impacts the economic growth of the entire region.
Therefore, it is necessary to integrate policies that seek social equality with those that promote environmental sustainability and economic production, coordinating actions between the different levels of government, local communities and the private sector.