The position paper was presented at the Mexican Foreign Ministry in the presence of ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena; Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu; Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso and Mariana Mazzucato, Economist and Professor of Economics of Innovation of the Political Science Unit Research at the University of Sussex.

The position paper states that "the current development model is unsustainable and the region requires a progressive structural change if it actually wants to achieve compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030." This has been the issue that has shaped the debates of ECLAC’s 45 member countries and 13 associate members during this session.

The proposals focus on these three areas:

  • Promoting a progressive structural change that increases the incorporation of knowledge into production
  • Ensuring social inclusion
  • Combating the negative effects of climate change

Alicia Bárcena stressed that if "equality is on the horizon, progressive structural change is the path and policy must be the instrument."

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