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Event Information

Meeting venue

The second Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean will be held at the secretariat of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR).


MERCOSUR building

Address:                      Dr. Luis Piera 1992

                                    11200, Montevideo, Uruguay

Tel.:                             (+598) 2412 9024


Meeting coordination


The meeting is being organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Government of Uruguay, through the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES).

Questions on substantive or logistical matters related to the meeting may be addressed to the following members of staff:


Laís Abramo

(+56) 2 2210 2529


Social Development Division

Luis Fidel Yáñez

(+56) 2 2210 2275

Officer in Charge

Office of the Secretary of the Commission

Rodrigo Martínez

(+56) 2 2210 2309

Social Affairs Officer

Social Development Division

Guillermo Acuña

(+56) 2 2210 2488

Legal Adviser and Chief of Protocol

Office of the Executive Secretary

María Eugenia Johnson

(+56) 2 2210 2667


Conference Services Unit, ECLAC

Paula Warnken

(+56) 2 2210 2651

Protocol Assistant

secretariat of the Commission

Margot Rovira

(+56) 2 2210 2285


Social Development Division

(for questions regarding operational aspects of the meeting)

Hotel reservations

The ECLAC Conference Services Unit has secured a limited number of rooms with special rates for ECLAC at the following hotels:

Sheraton Montevideo Hotel (5*)

            Single room: US$ 135*

            Double room: US$ 145*

            * Non-residents of Uruguay are exempted from payment of 10% VAT.

            Reservations: Ignacio Zubiaga


                                                Tel.: (+598) 2712 3474, ext. 3333


Hotel Aloft Montevideo (4*)

            Standard single room: US$ 80*

            Standard double room: US$ 90*

            * Non-residents of Uruguay are exempted from payment of 10% VAT.

            Reservations: Ignacio Zubiaga


                                                Tel.: (+598) 2712 3474, ext. 3333


Hotel Esplendor Montevideo (4*)

            Standard single or double room: US$ 85*

Single or double suite: US$ 110*

            * Non-residents of Uruguay are exempted from payment of 10% VAT.

            Reservations:  Paola


                                    Tel.: (+598) 2716 0000

            The rate includes buffet breakfast, free access to the fitness centre and Internet connection in the hotel room. Non-residents of Uruguay are exempted from payment of 10% value added tax (VAT).

Requests for reservations should be addressed directly to the hotel selected before 6 October 2017, using the form attached. After this date, the hotels reserve the right to change the rates and cannot guarantee that rooms will be available.

            Each delegate is responsible for his/her own reservation. It is advisable to check that the hotel has processed your reservation and to request a reservation number or confirmation code.

            The hotel requires a credit card number to hold a reservation. Hotels in Uruguay apply a “no show” policy, whereby reservations may be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to arrival; otherwise, cardholders will be charged for the first night. All delegates must settle their own hotel bill at the end of their stay.

Entry requirements for Uruguay

Holders of regular, diplomatic or official passports should apply for a visa at the nearest Uruguayan embassy or consulate. A list of the countries exempted from visa requirements to enter Uruguay is available via the following link:,inicio,preguntas-frecuentes,O,es...

            Information on embassies and consulates is provided on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay:

            Participants are responsible for arranging their own visas, if required.

Local transport

Meeting participants are responsible for their own transport between the airport and the hotel.

For Thursday 26th and Friday 27th of October a specialized transport will be available for participants, departing at 08:00 am from the Hotel Sheraton Montevideo (Victor Soliño 349, 11300) and from the Hotel Esplendor Montevideo (MJ Errazquin 2370 , 11300) to the headquarters of the Conference (Dr. Luis Piera 1992, 11200, Montevideo, Uruguay)

Registration of participants

From 21 August 2017, an online registration system will be available on the ECLAC website (

            Registration of delegates will take place from 2.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 24 October in the hall of the Salón de los Presidentes conference room in the MERCOSUR building. You will be issued with an identification badge, which, for security purposes, must be shown at all meetings.

For further information on accreditation, please contact Paula Warnken (email:; tel.: (+56) 2 2210 2651).

            Registering through the online system does not exempt delegations from the requirement to provide official notification to the Office of the Secretary of the Commission of the name of the head of delegation and all accompanying members.


The offices and conference rooms set aside for the meeting will have wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi).



The official languages of the meeting will be Spanish and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.



Documents can be accessed on the Conference website ( as soon as they become available.

Medical services

The Government will provide an emergency first aid service at the meeting venue.

International press centre

In order to facilitate press coverage at the second Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, an international press centre will be set up in an office close to the conference rooms. Journalists wishing to cover the session must first register online at and obtain accreditation from the press centre, which will be open on a daily basis, beginning from 2.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 24 October.

            The centre will have an information and documentation office and cubicles and work spaces for accredited journalists and media representatives.

            Questions relating to media coverage of the Conference should be addressed to Guido Camú, Officer in Charge of the ECLAC Public Information Section by email ( or telephone ((+56) 2 2210 2440).