ECLAC Promotes Debate on Multilateralism and Sustainable Development

Havana, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) began today an intergovernmental debate on the global and regional challenges of multilateralism and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Foreign ministers and other high authorities are speaking in the analysis as part of the 37th session of the Commission, whose official opening ceremony on Tuesday was attended by United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

According to the forum’s agenda, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, who traveled to Havana especially to participate in the dialogue, is expected to give a special keynote speech today.

About the foreign ministers, ECLAC confirmed that Bruno Rodriguez (Cuba), Fernando Huanacuni (Bolivia), Maria Fernanda Espinosa (Ecuador), Sandra Erica Jovel (Guatemala), Rodolfo Nin (Uruguay) and Jorge Arreaza (Venezuela) will take the floor.

The Minister of Finance, Economic Planning, Sustainable Development and Information Technologies of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Camilo Gonsalves, is among the speakers, while ECLAC Executive Secretary, Alicia Barcena, will speak during the closing ceremony.

The biennial event will end today after intense discussions on issues such as inequality in its different dimensions, south-south cooperation, the tensions associated with globalization, trade and investment, the fourth industrial revolution, the role of states and the environmental problems.

Based in the Havana´s Conference Center, the meeting served to commemorate the 70th anniversary of ECLAC, ‘progressive champion and authoritative voice of social justice in the world economy,’ Guterres said.

During the 37th session, Cuba assumed the pro tempore presidency of the Commission for a two-year term.

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