Category

Regional Commissions

HQ location

Santiago

Date established

1984

Resolution

ECOSOC res. 106 (VI)

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) was founded in 1948 by ECOSOC res. 106 (VI) to coordinate policies for the promotion of sustainable Latin American economic development and to foster regional and international trade. Later, its work was extended to the Caribbean countries and its programme of action expanded to promote sustainable social development.

In 1996, member governments updated ECLAC's mandate through res. 553 (XXVI). Under this provision, the Commission helps Member States analyse the development process by formulating, evaluating and following up on public policies, as well as by providing assistance in areas of specialised information.

ECLAC experts also offer advice, training and support on subjects such as:

  • Agricultural development
  • Economic and social planning
  • Industrial, technological and entrepreneurial development
  • International trade, regional integration and cooperation
  • Investment and financing
  • Social development and equity
  • Integration of women in development
  • Natural resources and infrastructure
  • Environment and human settlements
  • Statistics
  • Administrative management
  • Demography and population policies.

The work programme is carried out through the:

  • Division of Economic Development
  • Division of International Trade and Integration
  • Division of Natural Resources and Infrastructure
  • Division of Population
  • Division of Production, Productivity and Management
  • Division of Social Development
  • Division of Statistics and Economic Projections
  • Division of Sustainable Development and Human Settlements
  • Division of Gender Affairs
  • Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning (ILPES)
  • Division of Programme Planning and Operations
  • Development Studies Unit
  • Public Information and Web Services Section.

In addition to its headquarters in Santiago, Chile, the Commission has sub-regional headquarters in Mexico City for Mexico and Central America, and in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, for the Caribbean. It also maintains country offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Brasilia, Brazil; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Bogota, Colombia; and a liaison office in Washington DC.

ECLAC has a number of subsidiary organs:

  • Committee of the Whole
  • Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Statistical Conference of the Americas of the ECLAC
  • Committee of High-Level Government Experts (CEGAN)
  • Regional Council for Planning
  • Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC)
  • Committee on Central American Economic Cooperation (CCE).

ECLAC membership is made up of the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, and 11 developed nations from North America, Europe and Asia that have strong economic, social and cultural linkages with the region. Additionally, eight non-independent territories in the Caribbean are associate members. .

The Member States are:

Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
France
Germany
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Mexico
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Portugal
ROK
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Spain
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
UK
USA
Uruguay
Venezuela

Associate members
Anguilla
Aruba
British Vrrgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Montserrat
Puerto Rico
Turks and Caicos Islands
United States Virgin Islands

Commission meetings are held every two years. The 2010 session was held from 30 May to I June in Brasilia, Brazil. The 2012 session will be held in El Salvador (dates to be confirmed). The Committee of the Whole meets between sessions.

Edificio Naciones Unidas
Avenida Dag Hammarskjold, 3477
Casilla 179-D
Vitacura
Santiago
Chile
Telephone: (+56 2) 210 2000
Fax: (+56 2) 208 0252/1946
Email: dpisantiago@cepal.org