The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) celebrates its 70th anniversary today with a high-level seminar held in its headquarters in Santiago, Chile. “This new anniversary gives us the opportunity to preserve and promote the dignity and well-being of the inhabitants of this vast and diverse region, and advocate for greater equality of rights and opportunities for all women and men,” executive secretary Alicia Bárcena said during the seminar.
The anniversary gathered former heads of the organization, along with Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet who participated as a special guest. The seminar served as a platform to reaffirm the institution’s commitment to: development, equality, environmental sustainability, dignity and well-being of the region’s inhabitants.
Digital transformation, climate change and the United Nations 2030 Agenda were the key topics discussed during the function and are highlighted as follows:
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