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Representatives to evaluate progress toward meeting the MDGs in Latin America and the Caribbean

SANTIAGO, 6 June 2005 - José Luis Machinea, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present a report by United Nations bodies, agencies and programmes in the region, analyzing the status of the Millennium Development Goals in Latin America and the Caribbean, on Friday 10 June at 10 am.

Gustavo Gordillo de Anda, FAO Deputy General Director and Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ana Luiza Machado, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Marijke Velzeboer-Salcedo, UNIFEM Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Ricardo Sánchez, UNEP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, will also participate in the ceremony. This will take place in ECLAC headquarters in Santiago, Chile (Raúl Prebisch Conference Room, Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura).

On behalf of Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile, the Minister of Finance, Nicolás Eyzaguirre, will attend. Also the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, will be present.

The governments of 189 countries adopted the Millennium Goals in 2000, committing themselves to take concrete steps toward eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, making primary education universal, promoting equality between the sexes, improving infant health care, reversing environmental damage, and fostering worldwide cooperation for development.

The report, The Millennium Development Goals: A Latin America and the Caribbean Perspective presents an overview of advances and reversals to date. It contributes to opening up innovative spaces for regional cooperation supporting the summit that the UN General Assembly will be holding next September, to review progress in meeting goals all over the world.

Participants at that meeting will further explore the highlights mentioned by Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, in March 2005, in the paper "In Larger Freedom: Towards Development, Security and Human Rights for All", as well as those to be presented in its global supplement called Millennium Development Goals Report 2005, which will be launched in New York on 9 June 2005.

UN bodies participating are: the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health organization (PAHO/WHO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Food Programme (WFP), UN-Habitat and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

For more information, please contact:

ECLAC Information Services, e-mail: dpisantiago@cepal.org, or the tel: (56-2) 210-2380/2149.





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