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29th Session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

The 29th session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) took place on May 6-10, 2002, in Brasilia, Brazil. Josť Antonio Ocampo, Executive Secretary for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and Celso Lafer, Brazilís Foreign Affairs Minister, closed the session.

The Session, which is held every two years, is the most important meeting of the ECLAC. During the meeting, all 48 governments belonging to this United Nations Commission examined their progress over the previous two years and approved a work plan for the next two years. During the meeting, ECLAC presented the document Globalization and Development, which provided a diagnosis of the effects of globalization in political, social and economic terms, and a public policy proposal.

Delegates from 28 member states and two associate members of ECLAC approved 11 resolutions setting the agenda for the Commissionís work in several areas. They also accepted an invitation from the Associated Free State of Puerto Rico, which offered to host the 30th session in 2004.

The Brasilia Resolution approved the pro-active agenda proposed by ECLAC to face the challenges of the current phase of globalization. It also underlined the importance of national strategies to consolidate democracy; the regionís possible contribution to building global institutions that cushion against external vulnerability and expand national policiesí room to maneuver; and the concept of regional and sub-regional bodies as important instances for cooperation and analysis.

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