ECLAC action lines on MDGs

The basic guidelines and overarching orientation of ECLAC programme of work for the biennium 2010-2011 are drawn from the internationally agreed development goals stemming from the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic and social fields, including those set forth in the Millennium Declaration and the 2005 World Summit Outcome.

Therefore, acting in its dual role as the regional outpost of the United Nations Secretariat and as part of the institutional landscape in the region, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean will continue to pursue the following key objectives:

  • To foster economic integration at the subregional and regional levels;
  • To promote the regional monitoring and implementation of internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals, and;
  • To support regional sustainable development by contributing to bridging economic, social and environmental gaps among its member countries and subregions.

In order to meet the regional challenges, ECLAC suggests that efforts be focused on the following priority issues, which aim both at providing continuity to the priorities approved by countries at the previous session of the Commission (Montevideo, Uruguay, 2006) and at updating them to the current context:

  • Increasing the region?s productive potential and reducing productivity gaps in the region and with the rest of the world;
  • Improving the region?s position in the international economy and fostering long-term productive development strategies with the appropriate forms of public-private partnerships and participation;
  • Promoting a social covenant by improving social cohesion, reducing social risks and reinforcing gender mainstreaming in public policies;
  • Enhancing sustainable development and energy policies and addressing the economic and social impacts of climate change;
  • Strengthening public management, and;
  • Improving institution-building related to the management of global and transboundary issues at the regional level.
To achieve its objectives, ECLAC uses its convening authority to generate multilateral dialogue, knowledge sharing and networking at the regional level, and promotes intra-regional and inter-regional cooperation, both with the other Regional Commissions and through collaboration with other regional organizations. In implementing this strategy, ECLAC participates in the efforts of the United Nations to deliver a coherent agenda at the regional level in Latin America and the Caribbean, working on integrated follow-up to world summits from a regional perspective, in particular in terms of the monitoring and evaluation of the region?s progress towards the MDGs.
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