United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America and the Caribbean
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) - the Spanish acronym is CEPAL- was established by Economic and Social Council resolution 106(VI) of 25 February 1948 and began to function that same year.Visit the Regional Commission website
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations headquartered in Santiago, Chile. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the economic and social development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world.
ECLAC contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through analytical and policy support on economic, social and environmental issues related to the 2030 Agenda and through customized capacity -building and technical advice activities by demand of its member States. Poverty eradication and the reduction of inequalities are central elements of the SDGs, and are key priorities for Latin America and the Caribbean and thus central to ECLAC’s research agenda and activities.
Training is an integral part of the technical cooperation that ECLAC offers its member countries, along with its interdisciplinary expertise and intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder regional platforms to support the fulfillment of this ambitious agenda in the region.
How would you like to learn about sustainable development?
Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics
Regional partner organizations
- National and subnational Governments from 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean
- UN Agencies and Funds: As the convener of the regional coordination mechanism, ECLAC collaborates with the entire UN system in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia: ECLAC collaborates with numerous non-state actors on the 2030 agenda through its subsidiary bodies (https://www.cepal.org/en/organos-subsidiarios). In the context of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean for sustainable development, the regional mechanism for the follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda all these actors are fully engaged: https://foroalc2030.cepal.org/2018/sites/foro2018/files/regional_and_global_dimensions_2030_agenda.pdf
- Concrete Examples of Cooperation
- On site and e-learning trainings on a variety of topics through its Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning
- Regional observatories: https://www.cepal.org/en/observatorios
- The Summer School on Latin American Economies of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is a plural space of thought that promotes discussion, reflection, and the generation and exchange of ideas on policies in favor of growth and for combating poverty and inequalities. Since its inception in 2000, ECLAC has 500 students from 35 countries and different universities have joined the Summer School It combines the specialized contributions of the different divisions of ECLAC and the advances in the frontier of academic research: https://escueladeverano.cepal.org/2019/en
- Planbarómetro (in Spanish): an analytical tool that enables the user to characterize the region’s planning for development instruments, processes and systems: https://www.cepal.org/es/notas/planbarometro
What do you want to learn about today?
- No poverty
- Zero hunger
- Good health and well-being for people
- Quality education
- Gender equality
- Clean water and sanitation
- Affordable and clean energy
- Decent work and economic growth
- Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
- Reducing inequalities
- Sustainable cities and communities
- Responsible consumption and production
- Climate action
- Life below water
- Life on land
- Peace, justice and strong institutions
- Partnerships for the goals
Main areas of capacity building support on SDGs and some landmark projects
- The Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development
- Training Platform offering training courses, such as the one towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda
- CEPAL STAT: Data and Statistics: https://estadisticas.cepal.org/cepalstat/portada.html?idioma=english
- ECLAC Flagship Reports
- Program to strengthen capacities on Planning, financing and statistics for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda (with GIZ)