The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America through the coordination of international support and reinforcing economic ties both between countries in the region and between those and other nations of the world. The promotion of the region’s social development was later added to its primary objectives.
The headquarters of ECLAC are in Santiago, Chile, with sub-regional offices in Mexico City, to serve the the Central American subregion, and Port of Spain, Trindad and Tobago, to serve the Caribbean. In addition, ECLAC maintains country offices in Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Montevideo and Bogotá, as well as a liaison office in Washington, D.C.
The purpose of the work programme of the ECLAC Division of Statistics and Economic Projections is to support the member countries of ECLAC and the regional community in improving their capacity to generate, analyse and disseminate statistical information and indicators vital to the design and monitoring of economic and social development policies in a timely manner, in keeping with internationally accepted standards and guided by the best practices established for this field. ECLAC also promotes the Statistical Conference of the Americas of ECLAC as the intergovernmental body subsidiary to the Commission that sets cooperation priorities for statistical development in the region.
Received 2008. update2010 pending