September 27, 2012 · The New School · New York

dsc 0097On September 27, Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), presented at The New School Structural Change for Equality, the 2012 report by the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC).

According to Ms. Bárcena, this report rotates around three main challenges: to achieve and sustain high growth rates that will close income and productivity gaps and create greater employment, especially within more knowledge-intensive sectors; to change consumption and production patterns away from comparative advantage and towards a more technological focus that also engages environmental sustainability; and to guarantee equality of rights reflected by structural changes in production patterns.

The report advocates the return of greater State participation and the integration of the State and politics with respect to investment and growth initiatives and in the revision of industrial, macroeconomic, social and labor policies that lend themselves to structural change with equality for the Latin American and Caribbean region.


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