UN Secretary General Will Open ECLAC Meeting in Cuba

Santiago de Chile, May 5 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, will open the 37th period of sessions of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) next Tuesday in Havana, Cuba.

The ECLAC’s press office in Santiago confirmed today to Prensa Latina news agency that Guterres will deliver the opening speech of the meeting of the UN body at the Havana Convention Center.

Although the meeting’s debates begin on Monday 7, the official opening ceremony will be the next day with the speech of Alicia Barcena, ECLAC executive secretary.

Luis Videgaray, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, a country that currently holds the presidency of the Commission, will be another of the present figures, although the participation of a high-level Cuban leader is also expected.

The period of sessions, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of the founding of ECLAC, will take place from May 7 to 11.

Since 1948, Cuba has participated in the activities of this UN agency, and for the second time it will be the scene of the biennial meeting.

Barcena will present a report with the activities done in the last two years.

Likewise, the work program and calendar of conferences that will guide the ECLAC work during the next biennium (2019-2020) will be approved.

The event will bring together representatives of the 46 member countries and 13 partners and the participation of more than 25 ministers, deputy ministers and other high authorities is expected.

Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Energy, Mining, Public Works, Environment, Trade, Social Development, Women, Education, Economy, Finance, Production, Information Technology, Health and Planning are among the invited guests.

During the five days of the meeting, there will be a seminar commemorating the 70th anniversary of the organization, another high-level forum on the inefficiency of inequality and a dialogue of foreign ministers and high authorities.

On the other hand, ECLAC will propose to governments a reflection on the urgency of addressing the problems generated by the growing inequality suffered by the region and how this can affect the fulfillment of the commitments of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Researchers and academics, officials of nearly 30 specialized intergovernmental organizations and the United Nations System, and several representatives of different civil society organizations are expected in Havana.

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