Subsidiary bodies and the Committee of the Whole
These are permanent intergovernmental bodies of ECLAC that examine various public policy issues in the region, facilitate cooperation and peer learning based on the sharing of experiences, adopt regional stances in their respective areas of competence and devise mandates to the secretariat of the Commission.
Body of ECLAC that provides the governments of the member countries with an opportunity to meet between the sessions of the Commission.
The Committee was established in 1975, pursuant to ECLAC resolution 358(XVI), to promote and strengthen economic and social cooperation and integration among the countries of the Caribbean and to promote cooperation between them and the countries and integration processes of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Regional Conference was established by virtue of resolution 752(PLEN.36) adopted by the member States of ECLAC at the thirty-sixth session of its Committee of the Whole in December 2021.
The mandate of the former Committee derived from General Assembly resolution 58/220 on economic and technical cooperation among developing countries, which urges countries to intensify South-South cooperation and led to the creation of the Committee on Cooperation among Developing Countries and Regions. Subsequently, pursuant to ECLAC resolution 611(XXX), that Committee changed its name to the Committee on South-South Cooperation.
Some of the objectives of this subsidiary body of ECLAC are: to strengthen national South-South cooperation mechanisms and possible linkages with North-South and multilateral cooperation; to further South-South and triangular cooperation among regional and extraregional stakeholders, including donor countries and international organizations, to facilitate technology and knowledge transfer and joint activities in the field of cooperation; and to examine the experiences of South-South and triangular cooperation in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and to make progress in evaluating them, in conjunction with the relevant subsidiary bodies that conduct studies in this field.
Established in 2012 pursuant to ECLAC resolution 672(XXXIV) and Economic and Social Council resolution 2012/35, the Conference’s objectives include promoting the development and improvement of national policies on science, technology and innovation and those related to the progress of the information and knowledge society.
In 2012, pursuant to ECLAC resolution 670(XXXIV), the ECLAC Ad Hoc Committee on Population and Development was renamed the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. It focuses on monitoring and reviewing issues relating to population and development, international migration, indigenous peoples and Afrodescendent populations, and ageing.
Established in 2014 pursuant to ECLAC resolution 682(XXXV) and Economic and Social Council resolution 2014/32, the Conference’s objectives include promoting the development of national policies on social development and international, regional and bilateral cooperation in the field of social development, in order to examine multidimensional poverty and make progress on poverty measurement, inequality and structural gaps.
The first Regional Conference on the Integration of Women into the Economic and Social Development of Latin America and the Caribbean was held in Havana in 1977. Since then, the Conference has met periodically at intervals of no more than three years, to review the regional and subregional situation with regard to women’s autonomy and rights, to put forward recommendations on public policies on gender equality, to undertake periodic assessments of the activities carried out in fulfilment of regional and international agreements and to serve as a forum for discussion on gender equality. It brings together high-level authorities with responsibility for issues relating to the situation of women and for policies to ensure gender equity in the countries of the region.
Established in 1975 as a Technical Committee pursuant to ECLAC resolution 340(AC.66), adopted at the eighth extraordinary session of the Committee of the Whole of ECLAC, the Council acts as the senior guiding body for the activities of the Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning (ILPES) and serves as an advisory body with respect to the implementation of the work programmes of ILPES and the evaluation of their results.
Established in 2000 pursuant to ECLAC resolution 580(XXVIII) and Economic and Social Council resolution 2000/7, the Conference contributes to the progress of policies on statistics and statistical activities in the countries of the region and promotes international, regional and bilateral cooperation among national statistical offices and international and regional agencies.
Regional Intergovernmental Conference on Ageing and the Rights of Older Persons in Latin America and the Caribbean
In its resolution 590(XXIX) of 2002, ECLAC endorsed the mandate of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and requested the secretariat to organize a regional intergovernmental conference on ageing, for the purpose of formulating a regional strategy for the implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the Madrid International Plan of Action of Ageing. The Conference is responsible for implementing and translating the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing into regional action plans and for assessing the progress made and the gaps in the implementation of the Plan of Action in the region.
A regional dialogue was launched in 2000 on the information and knowledge society in Latin America and the Caribbean, in which the countries affirmed their willingness to design and implement programmes for access to and use of information and communications technologies (ICTs). In 2005, the Regional Preparatory Ministerial Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean for the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On that occasion, the first version of the Plan of Action for the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean (eLAC 2007) was approved as a regional vision and a political commitment to reduce the digital divide. The Conference’s main objective is to design and implement programmes for access to and use of ICTs in the region.
General Assembly of the Forum of Ministers and High-level Authorities on Housing and Urban Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI)
At the XXIX General Assembly of the Forum of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI) held in December 2020, the Member States adopted the decision, through the Declaration of Bogotá, to create a Technical Secretariat within the Executive Committee of the Forum, and that the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) will jointly assume this role. In their new role as technical secretariat, ECLAC and UN-Habitat will adopt functions to support the Executive Committee in the planning and organization of its sessions and activities, including the preparation and realization of the General Assembly of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean
Adopted on 4 March 2018 in Escazú, Costa Rica, the Regional Agreement aims to guarantee the full and effective implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the rights of access to environmental information, public participation in the environmental decision-making process and access to justice in environmental matters, and the creation and strengthening of capacities and cooperation, contributing to the protection of the right of every person of present and future generations to live in a healthy environment and to sustainable development.