Sede de la CEPAL en Santiago

Since 1980, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have worked together to promote economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

ECLAC's official mandate is to contribute to economic and social development in Latin America, to coordinate actions to promote and strengthen the economic relations between countries and with other nations of the world.

Thanks to its recognition in the region, ECLAC is a relevant catalyst of change processes. Throughout its work, it manages to moderate different political orientations, organize high-level political dialogues and exchanges among countries, and between the public and the private sector, thus promoting regional learning and placing innovative issues on the regional development agenda. According to United Nations resolution 700 (XXXVI), ECLAC is mandated to coordinate the 2030 Agenda follow-up and review process for the region, aiming at achieving the greatest possible coherence with other international agreements, such as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

In 2003, ECLAC and BMZ joined in a strategic alliance (the ECLAC-BMZ/giz Cooperation Program) that further intensifies the common effort in the region through two-year cooperation programs. In turn, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is responsible for implementing the measures under the two-year programs on behalf of the BMZ. During the period 2020-2022, the partnership between ECLAC and BMZ is expressed through the Inclusive, sustainable and smart cities in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean programme.

The cooperation with ECLAC offers German Cooperation the possibility to decisively influence the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region and to contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, in order to support the fulfillment of the so-called NDCs (nationally determined contributions) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.