Seventy years supporting sustainable development with equality
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) was founded in 1948. It is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations and the only intergovernmental body of the United Nations Secretariat in Latin America and the Caribbean, acting as a bridge between the global and national levels in the development field. Its main headquarters are in Santiago and it has two subregional headquarters: one for Central America, located in Mexico City, and one for the English-speaking Caribbean, in Port of Spain. The Commission has 46 member States and 13 associate members.
Over the course of its 70-year history, ECLAC has supported the development of the countries of the region and has reflected on the opportunities and limitations of each momentous period. It has carried out analysis and proposed strategies, policies and instruments during the rise and decline of import substitution industrialization, during paradigm shifts in the economic and social development model triggered by the globalization of production and finance, and during the present decade of uncertainty about the future of globalization, increasing inequality and the global environmental crisis.