Economic Commission for Latin America and the
Commission for Latin America (ECLAC) was founded in 1948. ECLAC, which
is headquartered in Santiago, Chile, is one of the five regional commissions
of the United Nations. It was
founded for the purposes of contributing to the economic development of
Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, reinforcing
economic relationships among the countries and with the other nations of the
world, and promoting the region's social development.
ECLAC has two subregional
headquarters: in Mexico City, which serves the needs of the Central American
subregion, and in Puerto España for the Caribbean. In addition, ECLAC maintains country offices in Buenos Aires,
Brasilia, Montevideo and Bogotá, as well as a liaison office in Washington,
The 33 countries of Latin
America and the Caribbean are members of ECLAC, together with some countries
of North America and Europe. Altogether,
it has 41 member states and 7 associated states.
ECLAC provides advisory
services to governments that ask for it.
It also plans, organizes and carries out technical cooperation
programs as well as encourages and promotes activities and projects in this
area, taking into account the needs and priorities of the region.
Please click here to see an archive of ECLAC activities.