(17 September 2013) The Thirty-fifth session, the most important biennial meeting of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), will be held from 5 to 9 May 2014 in Peru, according to an agreement signed by the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eda Rivas, and the Executive Secretary of this United Nations commission, Alicia Bárcena.
The agreement concluded on 16 September in Lima specifies the commitments undertaken by both parties in order to organize this international meeting, which will be attended by authorities from the 44 Member States and 12 associate members of ECLAC, as well as representatives from the United Nations system and non-governmental organizations.
At the meeting, countries will have the opportunity to discuss the region's economic, social and environmental development, review the Commission's activities over the past biennium and set the priorities for its programme of work for the next two years.
The Peruvian Government emphasized that hosting this meeting will enable the country to promote and put forward a regional agenda on priority issues such as economic growth and social inclusion, job creation, investment promotion, boosting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and sustainable development.
ECLAC welcomed the choice of Peru, and stated that the main aims of this United Nations regional commission are to contribute to the economic and social development of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as strengthening economic and social relations among members and other world nations.
In Lima, the Executive Secretary was accompanied by the Officer-in-Charge of the Secretariat of the Commission, Luis F. Yáñez.
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