The Conference, whose creation was approved by the United Nations Economic and Social Council in July 2000, will be a subsidiary organization of ECLAC, and will seek to contribute to the progress of statistics-related policies and activities throughout the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
José Antonio Ocampo, Executive Secretary of ECLAC will officially open the meeting, the first of its kind in the region, at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday 9 May. The purpose of the meeting is to promote the development of national statistics, their improvement and their international comparability, keeping in mind the recommendations of the United Nations' Statistics Commission, other specialized bodies, and other organizations that are considered relevant. It will also work to promote international, regional and bilateral cooperation among national offices and international and regional bodies, as well as preparing a two-year program of cooperation that, subject to the available resources, will respond to the demands of the region's countries.
This conference will take place at Commission headquarters, located at Av. Dag Hammarskjöld s/n, around the 3030 street number area of Vitacura, in Santiago.