The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC), which is headquartered in Santiago, Chile, is one of the UN’s 5 regional commissions. It was created with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America and the Caribbean, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world. The promotion of the region's social development was later included among its primary objectives. 

UNECLAC’s mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of expertise, advisory services and training, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. The Commission also functions as a forum for dialogue among the region’s countries and stakeholders on the challenges and opportunities facing Latin America and the Caribbean.  Since 2015 Agenda 2030 has been guiding the work of the Organization to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.