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The mission of ECLAC in the area of population and development is to increase and enhance the ability of the region’s countries to describe, analyse, comprehend and address population dynamics and their links to economic and social development, with a view to incorporating demographic factors into public policies and programmes, especially those aimed at reducing poverty and inequality. To achieve its strategic objective, the Division has received extensive support from organizations of the United Nations system, especially the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and other donors.

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Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the subsidiary bodies of ECLAC that has ultimate responsibility for the follow-up and review of issues relating to population and development.

The Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development was the outcome of the first session of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Montevideo from 12 to 15 August 2013. It represents the most significant intergovernmental agreement signed in the region in the area of population and development, and has become a key piece of the process of reviewing the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and its follow-up beyond 2014.

The implementation and follow-up of the Montevideo Consensus should be complemented by the mechanisms provided by other international instruments or bodies, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Regional Conferences on Women and Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

PRESIDING OFFICERS MEETINGS

* This document updates the document Proposed format for the national progress reports on the implementation of the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development (LC/L.4202(MDP.3/4)), which was adopted at the third meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Santiago on 4-6 October 2016.
** This document updates the document Progress report of the ad hoc working group for the preparation of a proposal on the indicators for regional follow-up of the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development (LC/L.4255 (MDP.3/3)), presented at the third meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Santiago on 4-6 October 2016.

BACKGROUND

By virtue of resolution 670 (XXXIV) of 2012, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean decided to convert the ECLAC Ad Hoc Committee on Population and Development into the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and ratified all mandates expressed in Agreement 1 adopted by the Ad Hoc Committee at its last meeting that took place in Quito from 4 to 6 July 2012.

The Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean assumes all the roles of the Ad Hoc Committee and will act on the basis and in full respect of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD-PoA). The Conference will hold ordinary sessions every two years, while its Presiding Officers will meet at least once between ordinary sessions. The Regional Conference also recognizes the importance of the participation of civil society in its ordinary sessions.