Latin America and the Caribbean ECLAC
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC/CEPAL) - was established in 1948 by the ECOSOC. It was founded for the purposes of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, and, later, the scope of its work was extended to include the countries of the Caribbean. The Commission is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.
ECLAC has 45 member states - this comprises all the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and several countries in other parts of the world with historical, cultural and economic ties to the region.
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ECLAC documents usually carry the following symbols:
E/ Economic and Social Council
-/LC = Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
-/type of document or year of publication
Ex. E/LC/818 Economic and Social Council, ECLAC, document no 818
ECLAC documents are given individual symbols - for the period 1948-1974: E/CN.12, for the period; 1975-1984: E/CEPAL, and for the period after 1984 E/LC.
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Information about the structure and work of the Commission, full text documents and reports, data and statistics, as well as news.
Several regional economic surveys are published by ECLAC:
- Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean
- Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean
- Social panorama of Latin America
- The journal CEPAL review with debate articles and analyses issued twice a year.
- ECLAC Repository. Publications from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) - from 1948 to the most recent - can be consulted and downloaded for free.
- The ECLAC submits annual reports in the documentary series Supplements to the Official Records of the Economic and Social Council.
- Recent supplements are posted as Reports at the ECOSOC website.
- Learn more about the subsidiaries in the research guide: UN Documentation : Economic and Social Council, subsidiary bodies, by Dag Hammarskjöld library (New York).
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