The Foreign Ministers and senior officials attending the 36th session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) held a dialogue to close the session, chaired by Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu with the participation of the ministers of Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, and Saint Kitts and Nevis, and ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Barcen.
Foreign Secretary Ruiz Massieu said "we have reached a point of no return, where sustainable development, inclusion and equality are no longer options, but the only way to have a viable future." Alicia Barcena added "the chapter we are beginning in this session will sow powerful seeds, seeds of change, of social justice."
During the session, 17 resolutions were adopted that will guide the work of the Commission and its various organs for the next two years, during which time group will focus on implementing the 2030 Agenda, with Mexico as president.
Mexico’s resolution creating a "Forum of Latin American and Caribbean countries on Sustainable Development" was adopted to to promote structural changes that reverse inequality and environmental degradation in the region.
Cuba was chosen to host the next session in 2018.