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"More than ever, this new anniversary offers us the opportunity to revitalize our mission and reaffirm our commitment to the values that underpin our daily work. This anniversary invites us to reconsider yesterday, live today and build tomorrow."

Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC Executive Secretary

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Seminar to commemorate the 70th anniversary of ECLAC

The event was headed by the Organization’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, and attended by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and four former Executive Secretaries of the Commission.



Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 9 a.m. Chilean time (GMT -3).

ECLAC headquarters. Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura, Santiago, Chile (Raúl Prebisch conference room).

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ECLAC over seven decades

About ECLAC

Since its inception, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has undertaken in-depth analyses of the situation in the region through two basic activities: economic and social research and technical cooperation and assistance to governments.

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The purpose of ECLAC

The fundamental purpose of the Commission is to contribute to economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean, coordinate activities designed to promote such development and foster closer economic ties between the countries of the region and with other nations of the world.

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Mandate and Mission

  • Promoting economic and social development by means of studies and other activities for cooperation and integration at the regional and subregional levels;
  • Providing advisory services to Governments upon request, as well as planning, organizing and implementing technical cooperation programmes;
  • Organizing intergovernmental conferences and expert group meetings and sponsoring training courses, workshops and seminars;
  • Bringing a regional perspective to discussions of global issues held at international forums;
  • Coordinating activities with the main departments and offices at United Nations Headquarters in New York, as well as with specialized agencies and other intergovernmental bodies.

Member States

The 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, together with several Asian, European and North American nations that have historical, economic and cultural ties with the region, comprise the 46 Member States of ECLAC. Thirteen non-independent territories in the Caribbean are Associate Members of the Commission.

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Headquarters and offices

ECLAC is one of the five United Nations regional commissions and has two subregional headquarters, one located in Mexico City, which serves Central America, and the other located in Port of Spain, which serves the Englishspeaking Caribbean. In addition, it maintains country offices in Bogota, Brasilia, Buenos Aires and Montevideo, and a liaison office in Washington, D.C.

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Alicia Bárcena

ECLAC Executive Secretary

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Office of the Executive Secretary

Mario Cimoli

Deputy Executive Secretary, a.i.

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Raúl García-Buchaca

Deputy Executive Secretary for Management and Programme Analysis

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Luis Fidel Yáñez

Officer-in-Charge, Secretary of the Commission

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Former Executive Secretaries

José Luis Machinea

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José Antonio Ocampo

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Gert Rosenthal

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Norberto González

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Enrique V. Iglesias

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Carlos Quintana

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Former Executive Secretaries

José Antonio Mayobre

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Raúl Prebisch

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Gustavo Martínez Cabañas

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  • First ECLAC headquarters in Pío X, Santiago.
  • ECLA headquarters in Avenida Providencia, Santiago.
  • First ILPES headquarters in José Manuel Infante, Santiago.
  • Library-conference room at ECLA headquarters, Avenida Providencia, Santiago.
  • Architect’s drawing of the United Nations building in Vitacura, Santiago.
  • The building under construction.
  • Raúl Prebisch leads the foundation stone ceremony.
  • The new ECLA headquarters are opened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, U Thant, and the President of Chile, Eduardo Frei Montalva (29 August 1966).
  • Facade of the ECLA headquarters building (1983).
  • Facade of the ECLAC headquarters building (2010).
  • Chile’s Cultural Heritage Day (28 May 2017).
  • Commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations (October 2015).
  • Raúl Prebisch conference room.
  • Spiral staircase.
  • Bas-reliefs on the exterior of the central spiral.
  • South bridge and gardens.
  • Lagoon.
  • Peace bell.
    • Meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (Geneva, 1947).
    • Hernán Santa Cruz, author of the proposal to establish ECLA.
    • Raúl Prebisch, Executive Secretary of ECLA, 1950–1963.
    • Opening of the ninth session of ECLA by the President of Chile, Jorge Alessandri (Santiago, 1961).
    • José Antonio Mayobre, Executive Secretary of ECLA (1963–1966) and Raúl Prebisch.
    • Meeting of the Committee of the Whole of ECLA (Santiago, May 1966).
    • Raúl Prebisch chairs a working meeting at ECLA.
    • An ECLA delegation, headed by José Antonio Mayobre, visits the Palacio de la Moneda and delivers a report to the President of Chile, Eduardo Frei Montalva (1965).
    • Opening of the new ECLA headquarters by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, U Thant, and the President of Chile, Eduardo Frei Montalva (29 August 1966).
    • Carlos Quintana, Executive Secretary of ECLA (1967–1972), receives the Ambassador of the United States to OAS.
    • Celebration of United Nations Day (ECLA, 24 October 1972).
    • Staff of the CEPAL Review, headed by Raúl Prebisch (1976).
    • Plaque of the Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre (CELADE) office in San José, Costa Rica, established in 1966.
    • Former Executive Secretaries of ECLA, Carlos Quintana, Gustavo Martínez Cabañas, Enrique V. Iglesias, Raúl Prebisch and José Antonio Mayobre.
    • Enrique V. Iglesias, Executive Secretary of ECLAC (1972–1985).
    • Norberto González, Executive Secretary of ECLAC (1985–1987).
    • Gert Rosenthal, Executive Secretary of ECLAC (1988–1997).
    • José Antonio Ocampo, Executive Secretary of ECLAC (1998–2003).
    • José Luis Machinea, Executive Secretary of ECLAC (2003–2008).
    • Meeting of distinguished figures for the sixtieth anniversary of ECLAC (August 2008): (left to right) Gert Rosenthal, José Antonio Ocampo, Ricardo Lagos, José Luis Machinea, Julio María Sanguinetti, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, José María Figueres, Alain Touraine, Norberto González and Ernesto Ottone.
    • Fernando Fajnzylber, Celso Furtado and Aníbal Pinto Santa Cruz, prominent ECLAC thinkers.
    • Unveiling of the plaque in memory of ECLAC staff member Carmelo Soria, assassinated by agents of the dictatorship in Chile, attended by the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, the President of the Government of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and members of the family (8 November 2007).
    • Alicia Bárcena, first woman to serve as Executive Secretary of ECLAC (2008).
    • Opening of the Enrique Iglesias auditorium (26 July 2011).
    • Unveiling of the plaque in memory of Dag Hammarskjöld on the fiftieth anniversary of his death (United Nations Day, 24 October 2011).
    • Launch of the document Desigualdades territoriales y exclusión social del pueblo mapuche en Chile: situación en la comuna de Ercilla desde un enfoque de derechos (5 April 2012).
    • Adoption of the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development (Montevideo, August 2013).
    • Admission of Norway as a member of ECLAC (4 October 2015).
    • Opening of the thirty-sixth session of ECLAC (Mexico City, May 2016).
    • Official visit by Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, to China (with Vice Premier Hui Liangyu) (October 2012).
    • ECLAC staff raise their arms outside the Commission’s headquarters building in Santiago, during the Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women (November 2015).
      • José Mujica, President of Uruguay.
      • Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, and Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile.
      • Oscar Arias, President of Costa Rica and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
      • Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil.
      • Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico.
      • Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador.
      • Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica.
      • Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
      • Michel Martelly, President of Haiti.
      • Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia.
      • Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, President of Peru.
      • Pope John Paul II.
      • Regional speech by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, at an event co-hosted by ECLAC and the Embassy of the United States in Chile.
      • Xi Jinping, President of China.
      • Eduardo Frei Montalva, President of Chile.
      • Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile.
      • Michelle Bachelet, President Chile.
      • Patricio Aylwin, Former President of Chile.
      • Clodomiro Almeyda, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile.
      • Federica Mogherini, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy.
      • José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, President of the Government of Spain.
      • Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal.
      • Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland.
      • Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany.
      • Li Keqiang, Prime Minister of China.
      • Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
      • Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
      • Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
      • Joseph Stiglitz, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
      • Philosopher Fernando Savater.
      • Economist Thomas Piketty.
      • Economist Dani Rodrik.
      • Poet Thiago de Mello.
      • Economist Mariana Mazzucato.
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