The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America
and the Caribbean
(UNECLAC or ECLAC) was established in
1948 (then as the UN Economic Commission for Latin America
, or UNECLA) to encourage
economic cooperation among its member states. In 1984, a resolution
was passed to include the countries of the Caribbean in the name.
It is one of five regional
commissions under the administrative direction of United Nations
headquarters. The ECLAC has 44
member States and eight non-independent territories in the
Caribbean, and reports to the UN Economic and Social
(ECOSOC). As well as countries in Latin America and the
Caribbean, it includes Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands,
Portugal, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States,
Japan and South Korea.
Executive Secretaries of ECLAC
Alicia Bárcena Ibarra was appointed
Executive Secretary in July 2008.
Paul Berthoud, A
Professional Life Narrative
, 2008, worked with CEPAL-ECLAC and
offers testimony from the inside of the early years
of the organization.