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Peru Will Host Two Important Meetings on Development Planning in Latin America and the Caribbean

4 October 2017|Announcement

The XV Conference of Ministers and Heads of Planning of Latin America and the Caribbean and the XVI Meeting of the Regional Council for Planning will be held on October 11-13 in Lima.

Ministers, deputy ministers and senior authorities involved in development planning and public administration, along with representatives of civil society and United Nations bodies, will gather at the XV Conference of Ministers and Heads of Planning of Latin America and the Caribbean and the XVI Meeting of the Regional Council for Planning, which will take place on October 11-13 in Lima, Peru.

Both meetings are organized by the governments of Guatemala and Ecuador – which currently serve as co-presidents of the Council – the government of Peru, as the host, and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

At these gatherings, participants will analyze the challenges, experiences and prospects for development planning in the region and its role in the implementation and achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The events in Lima will kick off on Wednesday, October 11 with the XV Conference of Ministers and Heads of Planning, a high-level event that aims to promote dialogue and cooperation on matters of development planning and public administration.

At the conference, ministers from the region will present their experiences with multilevel planning of territorial development, approaches to gender equality and participation in planning, the quality of public investment and the strengthening of the public sector’s capacities for development.

On Thursday, October 12, the XVI Meeting of the Regional Council for Planning will be inaugurated. At this intergovernmental gathering, ministers and heads of planning will review both the activities carried out by the Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning (ILPES) in 2016 and 2017 as well as the work program for the 2018-2019 period.

In the framework of the meeting, ECLAC will present the Regional Observatory on Planning, which seeks to become an instrument of analysis, learning and exchange regarding development planning systems and implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the region. The organization will also present the Planbarometer, a tool for characterizing planning processes that will enable countries to evaluate themselves and improve the quality of their systems and planning exercises. In addition, a document will be released that provides an analysis of the challenges to planning in Latin America and the Caribbean, based on the experiences set forth in nine case studies from countries in the region.

Meanwhile, on Friday, October 13, the IV Planning Sessions will take place. This is a dialogue with academia that will address the central theme of comparative experiences between the Republic of Korea and Latin America and the Caribbean on sustainable territories and cities and their challenges for research and planning.

General information on the gathering is available on this special website.

Journalists who want to cover this event should register previously online at:

Queries related to press coverage of the meeting should be made to Guido Camú, Officer-in-Charge of ECLAC’s Public Information Unit in Santiago, Chile.

Email:; Telephone: (+56 2) 2210 2040.