ECLAC is one of the United Nations regional commissions responsible for promoting economic and social development in the region.
Founded in 1948, it has two subregions established later: Central America (1951) and The Caribbean (1966).
This organization has the following executive structure:
- Executive Secretary.
- Commission Secretariat.
In turn, it has the Public Information Unit and 12 divisions, responsible for promoting public policies for development. It also has intergovernmental bodies that facilitate cooperation and policy learning. These organs are:
- Plenary Committee
- Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee.
- South-South Cooperation Committee.
- Conference on Science, Innovation and Information and Communications Technologies.
- Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Regional Planning Council.
- Statistics Conference of the Americas.
This structure allows the commission to handle every important aspect to promote development in the region. With the Board of Directors and the Divisions, it internally controls the direction of the organization. Meanwhile, with the organs it promotes intergovernmental action to carry out the policies and findings of its professionals.
The Commission aims to promote economic and social development in the region, through advice on technical cooperation programs. It is also responsible for regional cooperation and integration. To fulfill its mandate, it carries out important studies and research on the evolution of regional development. Likewise, it measures its statistical variables.
It also holds intergovernmental conferences to provide feedback to the region with the solutions of the States. In addition, it serves as a channel for the execution of regional projects for cooperation and development.
Being a United Nations Commission, its source of ordinary income comes from the budget of this organization. Which, in turn, is made up of the contribution of its member states. Likewise, it administers extraordinary income from voluntary contributions from the member states. Also from other United Nations programs and funds.