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"Turning the Tide on Violent Crime in the Caribbean"

UN Development Program (UNDP)

Monday, February 27, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)

"Turning the Tide on Violent Crime in the Caribbean"

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Turning the Tide on Violent Crime in the Caribbean 

Please join us for lunch briefing and conversation with
Heraldo Muñoz, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Development Program (UNDP) Director for Latin American & the Caribbean, 
to launch the first UNDP Caribbean Human Development Report,
Human Development and the Shift to Better Citizen Security

Capitol Visitors’ Center SVC 209-08
Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, 12-2 p.m.

A light lunch will be served

Crime has become a major threat to economies and livelihoods in Caribbean countries. Soaring murder rates rank among the world’s highest and fuel a criminal culture that attracts transnational drug-trafficking and organized crime that threaten the wider region and neighboring United States. The Caribbean Community estimates the cost of gang-related crime at 3 to 4 percent of gross domestic product as a result of policing expenses that divert resources away from education and health, coupled with lost income due to youth incarceration, reduced tourism, decreased competitiveness of existing industries, and an erosion of confidence in investment. But Caribbean governments can reverse the trend, according to UNDP’s first Caribbean Human Development Report, which calls on regional authorities to strengthen public institutions to tackle crime and violence while boosting investment in preventive measures. Please join us for a briefing on the report and an overview of UNDP programs in the Caribbean aimed at preventing and stopping a vicious cycle of insecurity, under-development, poverty, and suffering.

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

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Capitol Visitors’ Center SVC 209-08

Washington, DC

Monday, February 27, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)

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