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ECLAC’s Fourth Regional Seminar on Social Development Will Take Place on June 25-27, Focused on Social Protection and Inequality

10 June 2024|Announcement

The event seeks to strengthen the design of public policies aimed at reducing inequality and achieving progress on inclusive social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.


WHAT: Fourth Regional Seminar on Social Development “Social Protection and Inequality: Latin America and the Caribbean towards the Second World Summit for Social Development of 2025”

Organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), this event will take place on June 25-27, 2024, using a hybrid format, with the participation of senior government officials, academics and specialists from international organizations.

The seminar – which will be inaugurated on Tuesday, June 25 at 9:30 a.m. local time in Chile (GMT-4) at ECLAC’s main headquarters in Santiago – is organized around a series of panels that seek to contribute to characterizing and assessing the magnitude of inequality in distinct areas of social protection. Thus, they will address issues such as social stratification; inequality in health; the measurement of educational inequality; pension systems; labor inclusion; and the challenges associated with building a social inequality index in the region.

The regional seminar will also feature three keynote speeches to be made by Nicholas Barr, Professor of Public Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science; Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the University College London Institute of Health Equity; and François Bourguignon, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics.

In addition, the event will include a special presentation by Paula Narváez, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), on the road to the Second World Summit for Social Development, which will be held in 2025.

The official programme also features the presentation of the book Non-contributory pension systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: Towards solidarity with sustainability, edited by Alberto Arenas de Mesa, Director of ECLAC’s Social Development Division, and Claudia Robles, a Social Affairs Officer from the same Division.

Finally, in the framework of the Fourth Regional Seminar on Social Development, two other side events will be held: the first on Inequalities in early childhood: strategic and indispensable approaches to inclusive social development and the second on Social cohesion for inclusive social development in Latin America: monitoring, challenges and opportunities in an era of uncertainties.

The objective of this regional seminar is to advance in the recognition, analysis and evaluation of social inequality in the region, in the lead-up to the Second World Summit on Social Development, in order to strengthen the design of public policies on inclusive social development so as to achieve the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the objectives contained in the Regional Agenda for Inclusive Social Development (ARSDI).


  • José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary.
  • Manfred Haebig, Principal Advisor of ECLAC-BMZ/giz Cooperation Programme.
  • Laura Oroz Ulibarri, Director of the Directorate of Cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean at the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).
  • Ximena Andión, Deputy Director for the Mexico and Central America Office at the Ford Foundation.
  • Government authorities, academics and specialists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay, among other countries.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27, 2024.


  • In-person

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


  • Virtual

Zoom platform:

Special streaming site: