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Frequently Asked Questions


What is ECLAC and what is its role?

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations, each of which assists and promotes economic and social development in a major region of the world. Created in 1948, ECLAC currently serves 33 governments of Latin America and the Caribbean and a number of North American, Asian and European countries that maintain historical, cultural and economic ties with the region, making a total of 44 member States. In addition, nine non-independent territories in the Caribbean are associate members of the Commission. ECLAC serves as a centre of excellence in the region, collaborating with its member States and a variety of local, national and international institutions in undertaking a comprehensive analysis of development processes based on an examination of the design, follow-up and evaluation of public policies. Many of the ECLAC divisions that conduct these analyses and research also provide technical assistance, training and information services in selected cases.

See also: Member States and associate members

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How can I contact ECLAC in Santiago or any of its subregional or national offices?

Go to our contact webpage (url nueva)

You will also find contact data for each of ECLAC's subregional or national offices in their webpages

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How can I obtain hard copies of books and other publications?

ECLAC publications and documents have identification symbols. These symbols may include a sales number (e.g., E.99II.G4), an ISBN (e.g., 92-1-321487-1) and/or a document symbol (e.g. LC/G.2050-P). As in this last example, when the symbol ends with a "-P", the hard copy must be purchased. All other publications and documents are available free of charge.

To obtain hard copies of any publications, please contact the ECLAC Distribution Unit at:

Phone: (56-2) 210-2069
Address: ECLAC Publications Division, Casilla 179D, Santiago, Chile

Note: In your request, please include an identifier and the full title of each publication. You will receive a pro forma invoice for the publications that must be purchased; those that are provided free of charge will be sent to you directly.

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What are the Sessions of ECLAC and when and where do they take place?

Every two years (in even years: 2006, 2008, 2010, etc), technical and ministerial-level representatives of ECLAC member States meet to discuss the economic and social development of the region, to review the Commission's activities during the preceding biennium and to determine its programme of work for the next two years. Each of these sessions is hosted by the government of one of the member States.

See also: Sessions of the Commission

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How is the ECLAC budget funded?

The ECLAC budget comes from two sources: (1) the regular budget of the United Nations, which is financed by assessed contributions from UN Member States; and (2) extrabudgetary funds provided by voluntary contributions from Member States, UN programmes and funds such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and other foundations and organizations. These funds are usually earmarked for specific projects previously agreed upon by ECLAC and the donor.

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Can the government of a member State, an NGO or another institution apply to ECLAC for funds for a project?

No. ECLAC is not a donor agency and therefore does not provide funds to national governments or institutions wishing to carry out studies or projects.

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Are there employment opportunities in ECLAC or elsewhere in the United Nations, and how can I apply for them?

Employment opportunities at the professional level anywhere in the United Nations system, including ECLAC, are published on the United Nations Careers webpage. These listings include a job description and the specific qualifications required for each position. Application procedures are also explained. Information on local positions at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago can be found by visiting the ECLAC vacancy announcements page. Non-staff members of ECLAC may only apply for positions listed as "External vacancies". The Personal History Form (P.11) (Word document) must be completed each time you apply for a position.

For further information please contact:
Human Resources Section, ECLAC
Av. Dag Hammarskjold 3477, Vitacura, Santiago, Chile

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Are there opportunities for short-term internships at ECLAC in the field in which I am studying?

ECLAC has an internship programme for selected graduate students from Latin America and the Caribbean who have specialized in a field related to its work. These internships are intended to promote a better understanding of international problems and offer an inside view into the work of ECLAC while at the same time provide the Commission's divisions with the assistance of outstanding young students specializing in a field related to their own work. Internships are granted for a maximum of six months; interns are not paid.

For further information please contact:

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