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ECLAC Will Release the Latest Poverty and Inequality Figures in the Context of the Prolonged Health and Social Crisis Linked to COVID-19

21 January 2022|Announcement

The Social Panorama of Latin America 2021 report will be unveiled on Thursday, January 27 at a virtual press conference by the United Nations regional organization’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present on Thursday, January 27, 2022 its annual flagship report entitled Social Panorama of Latin America 2021, which examines the social impact of the crisis prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic and provides the most recent statistics on poverty, inequality and social spending in the region.

The document will be presented by Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, at a virtual press conference held from Santiago, Chile, at 11 a.m. local time (UTC/GMT -3).

The study also analyzes the prolonged health crisis’s profound effects on health care and social protection systems, along with the labor impacts caused by the pandemic, and it includes a chapter on the importance of moving towards a care society as the beacon for a sustainable recovery with gender equality.

The press conference will be transmitted live via Zoom at the following link:

Journalists interested in participating must register ahead of time. They will receive an automated email with instructions for joining.

The press conference will also be transmitted online via the institution’s website, at and on its social media accounts on Twitter ( and Facebook ( Journalists will be able to submit their questions ahead of time to the email address, and ECLAC’s Executive Secretary will respond to them once she has finished presenting the document. Questions will only be taken until 11:30 a.m. local time.

The full electronic version of this new annual report by ECLAC, along with a press release and the presentation by Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena, will be available on ECLAC’s website and on the web page of the COVID-19 Observatory in Latin America and the Caribbean on Thursday, January 27, as soon as the press conference has concluded.

What: Launch of ECLAC’s annual flagship report Social Panorama of Latin America 2021.

Who: Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary.

When: Thursday, January 27, 2022, 11:00 a.m. local time in Chile (GMT -03:00).

Where: Virtual connection via the Zoom platform (prior registration required):

Also via ECLAC’s website and at


For queries and to arrange interviews, contact ECLAC’s Public Information Unit.

Email:; Telephone: (56) 22210 2040.


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