[Dateline: Santiago | Author: ECLAC]
Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro recently completed a two-day official visit to Chile last week, where she met with top regional leaders of the United Nations system in Latin America and the Caribbean and high-ranking government officials.
Ms. Migiro presided over the annual meeting of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism, along with Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena and the Regional Directors of UN Funds, Programmes, Offices and other UN-related agencies.
During the meeting, participants reinforced their commitment to support the efforts of countries in the region in addressing the potential impact of the international financial crisis, particularly with regard to reducing poverty and improving social investment.
They also expressed their agreement with the Heads of State gathered last week for the XVIII Ibero-American Summit regarding the need to adopt measures to protect employment and investment, ensure the availability of funds for productive activities, and promote social policies that benefit particularly the most vulnerable.
The top regional leaders of the UN system once again pledged to contribute to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), among other commitments.
Afterwards, Dr. Migiro met privately with Alicia Bárcena, Division Directors and other ECLAC staff.
Her last official activity in Chile was a bilateral meeting with President Michelle Bachelet in the presidential palace La Moneda, in which Ms. Bárcena also took part.