United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l'Amérique latine et les Caraïbes (CEPALC)
Comisión Económica de las Naciones Unidas para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL)

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25 Feb 1948, by Resolution 106 (VI) of United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), as a subsidiary organ of ECOSOC, to which it reports periodically, and one of five regional commissions of United Nations (UN). Original title: United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA) -- Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l'Amérique latine -- Comisión Económica de las Naciones Unidas para América Latina. The scope of the Commission was later broadened to include the countries of the Caribbean and by resolution 1984/67 of 27 July 1984, adopted its present title as of 1985.


Original mandate: contribute to economic development of Latin America and the Caribbean, coordinate actions directed towards this end and reinforce economic relationships among the countries and with other nations of the world. Mandate later included promotion of the region's social and sustainable development.

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Reports periodically to ECOSOC on its economic and social development activities in the region; provides secretariat services and documentation for the Commission and its subsidiary bodies; coordinates ECLAC activities with those of the major departments and offices at UN Headquarters, specialized agencies and intergovernmental organizations with a view to avoiding duplication and ensuring complementarity in the exchange of information; provides advisory services to governments at their request and plans, organizes and executes programmes of technical cooperation; formulates and promotes development cooperation activities and projects of regional and subregional scope commensurate with the needs and priorities of the region and acts as an executing agency for such projects; undertakes studies, research and other support activities within the terms of reference of the Commission; gathers, organizes, interprets and disseminates information and data relating to the economic and social development of the region; promotes economic and social development through regional and subregional cooperation and integration; assists in bringing a regional perspective to global problems and forums and introduces global concerns at the regional and subregional levels; collaborates with governments of the region in the investigation and analysis of regional and national economic and social problems and provides guidance in the formulation of development plans; organizes and convenes regional intergovernmental meetings on topics in the field of economic and social development; organizes regional preparatory meetings prior to global conferences which serve as a basis for discussion and allow the region to reach consensus; contributes to UN-sponsored global conferences and summits, including those on sustainable development, human rights, population and development, social development, women, human settlements, small island developing states and the information society; organizes conferences and intergovernmental and expert group meetings and sponsors training workshops, symposia and seminars.

Work Programmes are executed by the Secretariat through 9 Divisions: Economic Development; Social Development; Productive Development and Management; Sustainable Development and Human Settlements; Natural Resources and Infrastructure; Gender Affairs; Statistics and Economic Projections; Population - Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre (CELADE); International Trade and Integration.


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Subjects *

  • Economics
    • Economic
  • International Relations
    • United Nations

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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