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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URL: https://www.cepal.org/en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eclac

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25 Feb 1948, by Resolution 106 (VI) of E-XE3377 - ECOSOC, as a subsidiary organ of ECOSOC, to which it reports periodically, and one of five regional commissions of A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN). The scope of the Commission was later broadened to include the countries of the Caribbean and by resolution 1984/67 of 27 July 1984.


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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Organizations of ECLAC System:

'Biennial Session of the Commission' (in even-numbered years) - reviews the work of the Secretariat and approves its biennial Work Programme. Includes 2 ad hoc committees: Cooperation among Developing Countries and Regions; Population and Development.

'Committee of the Whole' (meeting if necessary in years when there is no Biennial Session, normally in New York NY) was set up in 1952 and meets with member states' permanent representatives at UN to review the work of the Secretariat and approve the biennial Work Programme.

'Secretariat', based in Santiago (Chile) and headed by the Executive Secretary who is assisted by the Deputy Executive Secretary, oversees: Division of Administration; Programme Planning and Operations Division; Office of the Secretary of the Commission; Subregional Headquarters (2); National Offices (5).

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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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