Global Advocacy > United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC)

Updated diagnostic activities and stronger links with the UN specialized agencies

ECLAC supports:

  • Monitoring requirements for the international dissemination of information and for the main debates and possible actions that are ongoing in the U.S. and the EU;
  • Meetings with governments and academia aimed at raising regional awareness on these issues and seeking to build common positions to be taken to international forums.

Currently ECLAC is conducting an analysis of the scope of the current debate about the link between climate change, trade and the multilateral trading system, and is carrying out studies of analysis techniques to enhance the search for a regional position on the issue.

During the 2010-2011 biennium two broad lines oriented the work of the Subprogramme. First, the division continued to contribute to the improvement of linkages of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) with the global economy through the development of trade, integration and cooperation schemes at the subregional, regional and hemispheric levels, by strengthening linkages between (LAC) countries and other economies. The other line of work refers to strengthening the role of ECLAC as a reliable reference for assistance and technical advice as well as a forum for building consensus in the area of international trade and integration among the countries of the region. Today the subprogramme is a necessary reference to LAC economic and commercial relation with countries worldwide.

Products and activities in 2010-2011:

The work of the Division was most active in the specific field of analysis and promotion of economic relations with other regions and countries. The elements that allow for this conclusion are ample, but perhaps the most important is represented by the visit to ECLAC of the Vice-President of the Popular Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, and the presentation he made to a high level auditorium. Most of the opinions expressed in his speech were reflected in the document that the Subprogramme had prepared for the occasion. Additionally a study, “The United States and Latin America and the Caribbean Highlights of economics and trade” was prepared for the presidential visit of Barack Obama to Latin America in March 2011.

The Subprogramme also was very active in the area of capacity building with the organization of many activities in a wide spectrum of the field of international economy and global trade. Some examples of this are the conference “Latin American and Caribbean Labor Markets and the Global Economy”; meetings under the framework of the Project “Changing Nature of Asia-Latin American Economic Relations” and the workshop “Trade and Climate Change in Latin America,” held in Washington.