The Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Antonio Prado, presented the Commission's most recent position document, Compacts for Equality: Towards a Sustainable Future, at a Congress on re-democratization of the economy, which brought together political, academic and civil-society representatives in Canada.
The Congress on Re-democratizing the economy was held in Montreal from 27 to 29 June and was the 15th meeting of the gathering organized every two years by the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). The Network was founded in 1986 to bring together groups committed to achieving a basic income for everyone.
At the opening, the Deputy Executive Secretary of ECLAC gave a lecture outlining the main messages of the position document that the United Nations regional commission presented in May in Lima at its 35th session, the Commission's main biennial meeting.
In its document, ECLAC suggests that Latin American and Caribbean countries create social compacts in areas such as tax, social protection, provision of public goods and services and the governance of natural resources. The aim is to reorient the region's development on the basis of equality and environmental sustainability.
During the three days of the Congress held in Canada, participants discussed various issues relating to basic income, such as its implications for creating synergies to achieve economic, social and environmental goals, as well as its links with employment, migration and the gender perspective.
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