Thursday 6 June, 14:00 - 16:00

Det Norske Teatret
the foyer, 1st floor (foajeen, 2. etg.), Kristian IVs g. 8, Oslo


Seminar with Alicia Bárcena
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)


Comments by:

Beate Thoresen, Director of development policy, Norwegian People’s Aid and editor of Inequality Watch
Håkon Arald Gulbrandsen, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, contributor to the Report  No. 25 to the Storting, Sharing for prosperity (Dele for å skape)


Registration (free entrance)

Over the last decade Latin America has seen a reduction in its extreme levels of social and economic inequality. This has occurred during a period in which all other regions of the world have experienced increase in inequality. The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is pioneering research on the reasons behind this inequality reduction, and how to deepen it and ensuring its sustainability (See the reports Time for equality and Structural change for equality). In this work they have launched perspectives that bridge different policy areas including social policy, industrial policy, labor market policies and education and innovation policies. In this seminar we will discuss recent findings and policy recommendations, the extent to which the rest of the world can learn from recent developments, and the challenges ahead for Latin America.  A main issue will also be how Norway and Latin America can collaborate in their efforts to decrease inequality..


ALICIA BARCENA assumed office as the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on 1 July 2008. She had previously served as the Under-Secretary-General for Management at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Chef de Cabinet and Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the former Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan. Alicia Bárcena has served as Deputy Executive Secretary and Director of ECLAC's Environment and Human Settlements Division, and as Co-ordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Sustainable Development Programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Alicia Bárcena was the Founding Director of the non-governmental organization Earth Council in Costa Rica and has published numerous articles on sustainable development, public policy, environmental issues, and public participation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and holds a Master degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. She has completed the courses for a degree of Master in Ecology, and has initiated studies for a PhD degree in Economics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.




Latin American Tendencies - A Forum for Dialogue is a series of quarterly breakfast seminars on main political, economic and security trends of importance for Norwegian engagement with Latin America, organised by NorLARNet with the support of NOREF.



Published May 23, 2013 11:13 AM - Last modified June 6, 2013 9:09 AM