At the tenth session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Quito (2007), the member States of ECLAC requested the creation of a gender equality observatory. The Division for Gender Affairs of ECLAC serves as technical secretariat of the Gender Equality Observatory, coordinating the efforts both of other United Nations agencies and cooperation organizations involved, and of national machineries for the advancement of women and national statistical institutes of the countries of the region.
This Observatory is as an initiative of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to foster increased knowledge, dissemination and implementation of rights of access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters, as enshrined in Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.
The objective of the Observatory is to deepen the knowledge about the economic relations between both regions, and to have a permanent mechanism that provides the different actors of both regions with the necessary information that contributes to the adoption of policies and strategies of the issue.
The Fiscal Observatory of Latin America and the Caribbean (OFILAC) was born as an initiative of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), with financial support from the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID), to contribute to the improvement of fiscal policy through the dissemination of studies and debate with different actors, joining forces of different organisms participating in this observatory, such as GIZ, AECID, European Commission, IMF, IADB, OECD, CIAT, among others.
OFILAC represents a place for the analysis, discussion and follow-up of fiscal policy in the countries of the region, encouraging the debate of fiscal subjects among employees from international organizations, fiscal authorities and other experts in the subject.
The Regional Broadband Observatory was created in response to a request by the Regional Broadband Dialogue, comprised of 10 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, the Plurinational State of Bolivia and Uruguay. It aims to provide a relevant and timely source of information that will help the region’s countries devise and follow up public policies for the universal provision of broadband.