Regional Forum of Ministers of Social Development for Latin America
The Regional Forum of Ministers of Social Development for Latin America and the Caribbean will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 25 to 27 October 2017.
This initiative is lead by the Ministry of Social Development of Uruguay (MIDES), and co-organized by UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with other UN Agencies such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UNICEF.
The Forum process includes a series of preparatory sessions that take place in August and September, and will feed the Ministerial Meeting in October.
During the first phase, a cycle of National Dialogues on Social Development will be organized in Montevideo, with the participation of policy-makers, researchers and international organizations to allow technical and political discussions on key topics to be discussed at the Ministerial Forum.
The National Dialogues Agenda includes:
1) 31 July: Official launching of the National Dialogues on Social Development, in the presence of Governmental Authorities and high representatives of the UN System, along with the participation of Armando Barrientos, Professor of Poverty and Social Justice at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom).
2) 3 August: First National Dialogue on “Macroeconomic policy and social policy in LAC” organized jointly by ECLAC and ILO, with the support of other UN Agencies, including UNESCO.
3) 17 August: Second National Dialogue on “The challenges of social policy: infancy, family and life cycle in LAC”, organized jointly by UNICEF and UNFPA, with the support of other UN Agencies, including UNESCO.
4) 23 August: Third National Dialogue on “Institutions and social policy towards the SDGs in LAC”, jointly organized by UNESCO and UNDP, with the support of other UN Agencies.
During the National Dialogues, the UNESCO MOST Programme will lead the elaboration of the technical document for the third National Dialogue. It will also be responsible for the General Rapport of the three Dialogues.