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The Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean is a subsidiary body of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) which is convened on a regular basis, at least every three years, to identify the situation of women’s autonomy and rights at the regional and subregional levels, present public policies recommendations for gender equality, undertake periodic assessments of the activities carried out in fulfilment of regional and international plans and agreements on the subject, and serve as a forum for debates on relevant issues. It is organized by ECLAC as the Conference Secretariat with the support of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
ECLAC has been given the mandate to convene the member States to sessions of the Regional Conference. In accordance with the corresponding regulations, no later than six weeks prior to each session of the Regional Conference, the ECLAC secretariat sends out invitations to the member countries and associate members of the Commission to participate in the deliberations. Other States Members of the United Nations and representatives of other bodies and programmes forming part of the United Nations system are invited to attend as observers, as are representatives of intergovernmental organizations and of non-governmental organizations enjoying consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, and special guests. Generally, a member country of ECLAC offers to host the conference. On this occasion, the Republic of Chile will host the meeting which will be held from 4 to 8 November 2019 in ECLAC headquarters in Santiago.