Havana, May 9 (Prensa Latina) The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will assess today its management during the last two years and will outline projections until 2020, under the premise of contributing to the sustainable development of the region.
According to the UN agency, ‘moving from the culture of privileges to the culture of equality’ in this area of the planet is essential to continue being the worst in the distribution of wealth.
The examination will take place during the 37th session of the Commission, whose speeches by United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, were heard yesterday during the opening ceremony.
According to the forum’s agenda, ECLAC will also weigh the activities carried out by its subsidiary bodies, as well as the results of other intergovernmental meetings from 2016 to date.
This will include the analysis of the regional lectures on women and social development, as well as the efforts of the Committee on South-South Cooperation, among others.
The proposal also includes specific debates on the ties with the Caribbean and the challenges of middle-income countries ahead of the Second High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation, scheduled for March 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Although the area has a singular wealth in natural resources and human capacities, this potential continues ‘without translating into a more dignified life for all its inhabitants,’ ECLAC executive secretary, Alicia Barcena, said pointing out the relevance of debates and search solutions.
During the opening session, Mexico handed over the pro tempore presidency of the Commission to Cuba for the 2018-2020 biennium, which according to Diaz-Canel, it reaffirms the commitment to support ‘ECLAC’s mission to seek a fair, equitable and inclusive world, which recognizes the people as the central element of sustainable development.’
The Caribbean nation also took over the work of the Committee on South-South Cooperation and the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development.
Based at the Conference Center in Havana, the event also hosts the 70th anniversary of ECLAC. Four former secretaries of the body addressed the issue: Enrique Iglesias (1972-1985), Gert Rosenthal (1988-1997), Jose Antonio Ocampo (1998-2003) and Jose Luis Machinea (2003-2008).
Deliberations will end on Friday, May 11, and will include exchanges among foreign ministers and other senior officials on the global and regional challenges of multilateralism and the 2030 Agenda.