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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit
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Date:  12/8/2017 
ECLAC has been working in many different issues regarding the mandate of Hemispheric Partnership for Development as follows:

a) Access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation

ECLAC has organized the event “Governance of the nexus between water, energy and feeding: challenges of the 2030 Agenda in water and sanitation” (Antigua, Guatemala, 6 and 7 of September 2016).
For its part, it published the document “Challenges of hydric security in Latin America and the Caribbean” in June 2016, and the document “Latin America and the Caribbean toward the SDGs objectives in water and sanitation: recent reforms of sectorial policies”.

b) Broadband access to overcome the digital gap

ECLAC boosts the creation of a regional digital market in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will contribute to the development of equality and environmental sustainability in the region. This was proposed by ECLAC in the IV Latin-American Congress of Telecommunications, which convened in Cancun, Mexico in August 2016.

Additionally, in September 2016 ECLAC presented the report “Broadband access in Latin America and the Caribbean of 2016”, which highlighted the huge increase in the use and access of internet in 2015.

(c) The number of youth enrolled in secondary or technical education

Within the framework of a joint project with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations (ESCAP), ECLAC published “Protection and training: Institutions for improving workforce integration in Latin America and Asia”, which is a compilation of studies examining recent experiences of the countries of Latin America and Asia. The report outlined systems of protection against unemployment and vocational training and its systems, as well as the challenges facing the development of these labor institutions.

d) Investment in infrastructure and its effectiveness

With respect to infrastructure, in August 2016 ECLAC, jointly with CAF and IADB, launched a data base on infrastructure investment in the region through the web portal INFRALATAM. The database shows infrastructure investment figures for fifteen countries for the period 2008-2013, and allows users to download said data.

In addition, a meeting was held during the 2016 Governance of Natural Resources and Infrastructure week, where representatives of several countries on energy, infrastructure, transport, and natural resources debated the governance of natural resources and infrastructure in pursuit of a more integrated and sustainable development, within the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.

(e) Access to credit geared toward human development

In terms of access to credit for development, ECLAC published the document “El financiamiento para el desarrollo en América Latina y el Caribe”, which discusses the evolution of the flows of financing available to Latin America and the Caribbean for their spending on consumption and investment - public and private.
In addition, during October 2017, ECLAC presented in the meeting "Consecuencias de los recientes huracanes: alcanzando una Agenda 2030 resiliente e informada sobre los riesgos” a proposal toward the reduction of debts of Caribbean countries that have been most affected by the 2017 hurricanes. This meeting was held at ECOSOC, where a significant number of commissioners of affected countries, the UN, and the World Bank attended.
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Date:  4/11/2017 
Hemispheric Partnership for Development

a. Access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation

ECLAC organized the event “Gobernanza del Nexo Agua, Energía y Alimentación: Desafíos de la Agenda 2030 en Agua y Saneamiento" (Antigua, Guatemala, 6 and 7 of September 2016).
It also published the document "Desafíos de la seguridad hídrica en América Latina y el Caribe" in June 2016, and the publication of the document “América Latina y el Caribe hacia los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible en agua y saneamiento: Reformas recientes de políticas sectoriales" is expected soon.


b. Broadband access to overcome the digital gap

ECLAC proposes the creation of a regional digital market in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will contribute to equality and environmental sustainability in the region. This was proposed by ECLAC in the IV Latin-American Congress of Telecommunications, celebrated in Cancun, Mexico in August 2016.

In addition, ECLAC presented a report concerning the availability of broadband access in Latin America and the Caribbean on September 2016. The report highlighted a huge increase in the use and access of the internet in the region for the year of 2015, with 54.4% of habitants of the region using internet in 2015, 20 percentile points more than 2010, which shows the important progress in access and affordability in the last five-years.


d. Investment in infrastructure and its effectiveness

ECLAC, jointly with the CAF and the IADB, launches a data base on infrastructure investment in the region, through the web portal INFRALATAM where infrastructure investment figures of the region can be downloaded. This initiative shows data for fifteen countries for the period 2008-2013.

In addition, a meeting was held during the 2016 Governance of Natural Resources and Infrastructure week, where representatives of several countries debated the governance of natural resources and infrastructure in the pursuit of a more integrated and sustainable development within the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations.
Paragraphs: - Paragraphs VII Summit: -

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