ECLAC Hosts Second Latin American and Caribbean Dialogue Towards Copenhagen

2 September 2009: Addressing the Second Latin American and Caribbean Dialogue towards Copenhagen, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), offered a “neutral ground for dialogue to help the region advance towards common positions.”

The meeting, held at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago, Chile, was attended by Ricardo Lagos, UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, Vice Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), and Alberto Van Klaveren, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, as well as government ministers and representatives of environment, foreign affairs, finance and economy ministries from some 20 countries in the region.

In preparation for the Copenhagen conference, ECLAC is also preparing reports on the economics of climate change in the region's countries, assessing the present and future costs of climate change in productive sectors [ECLAC Press Release]