Regional Forum of Ministers of Social Development for Latin America
The ECLAC 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 co-organized by the Ministry of Social Development of Uruguay (MIDES), 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’s objectives include promoting the development of national policies on social development, and international, regional and bilateral cooperation in the field of social transformation. It aims to examine the multidimensionality of poverty and make progress on poverty measurement, inequalities and structural gaps that persist in Latin America and the Caribbean, and thus to contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2030 as well as to the MOST Strategy.
During the Forum there will be a special MOST Ministerial working discussion including the following speakers: H.E. Marina Arismendi, Minister of Social Development, Uruguay; H.E. Carolina Stanley, Minister of Social Development, Argentina and Vice-President for Latin-America in the MOST Intergovernmental Council; Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development, UNDESA; and, Lidia Brito, Director, UNESCO Montevideo Office.
The Forum process has included a series of preparatory sessions that took place in August and September, and which will feed the Ministerial Meeting in October.
During the first phase, a cycle of National Dialogues on Social Development was 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 in preparing for the up-coming Ministerial Forum.
The National Dialogues Agenda included:
1) 31 July: Official launch 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 MOST Programme led the elaboration of the technical document for the third National Dialogue. UNESCO/MOST is also responsible for the General Rapport of the three Dialogues.
In partnership with ECLAC, UNESCO/MOST has further elaborated four Policy Papers, as a contribution to the debate in the Forum.