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UN Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean (UN ECLAC)

Established in 1948, ECLAC’s mandate is to promote economic and social development through regional and sub-regional co-operation and integration. The commission undertakes studies and research programmes supporting its objectives and disseminates its findings to governments to help plan, organise and execute national projects of technical co-operation.
The Commission acts as a co-ordinating body in formulating and promoting development assistance activities in reflection of the needs and priorities of the region. To provide a forum for debate within the region of its economic and social development, ECLAC hosts conferences, and intergovernmental expert group meetings, whilst also sponsoring workshops and seminars.
ECLAC’s specific activities and projects surround
balancing the short term economic policy of the region with medium and long term perspectives
analysis of structural inflation complemented with studies on the formulation and implementation of stabilisation and adjustment programmes
incorporating environmental dimensions into economic and social concerns to explore the link between natural resources and development; forging links between governance and policy variables as they relate to the development process.

Through these processes, ECLAC seeks to develop a regional perspective to global problems and forums, and to introduce concerns about these issues at regional and sub-regional levels. The Commission provides a link and a voice for the region in co-ordination with major UN agencies and departments, as well as other specialised agencies and inter-governmental organisations.

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