The seventh session of our Webinar Cycle in times of COVID-19 was called International Organizations and their role in the face of the health crisis and was held successfully.

We initially had the participation of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile, Jorge Bermúdez Soto, who presented a greeting at the beginning of the webinar, highlighting the valuable importance of these spaces and what has contributed to learning more about this health crisis.

Then, Dr. Rubén Mayorga, Chief of the South American Office of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), spoke about the recommendations of the World Health Organization and PAHO for dealing with the pandemic, as well as the good practices that have had to be applied to counteract the effects of the disease, the training of health care personnel, health care for patients of COVID-19, and on the wide dissemination and delivery of information to citizens regarding how to deal with the health crisis.

Continuing with the webinar, we had the valuable participation of Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean – ECLAC who identified that the crisis has generated an economic downturn that will add more than 12 million people to the ranks of the unemployed and will lead an additional 28.7 million people into poverty and 15.9 million people into extreme poverty. In addition, she noted that tax evasion and avoidance correspond to 6.3% of regional GDP, equivalent to half of central government social spending and 3 times the expenditure required to ensure a Basic Emergency Income. She highlighted the role of the Supreme Audit Institutions in that our societies demand more and better access to timely and reliable information, and more and better opportunities to meaningfully participate in the decisions that affect them, so that the SAIs, as entities that have the confidence of citizens, must be strengthened more than ever.

You can see the presentations, recording of the webinar and complementary material presented below:

Presentation of Rubén Mayorga – International Organizations and their role in the face of the health crisis

Presentation by Alicia Bárcena – The Economic and Social Effects of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean

ECLAC – COVID-19 Observatory in Latin America and the Caribbean

For more information about the webinars, as well as the actions carried out by the SAIs and the COVID-19 Blog, visit the page:

Regional actions in times of COVID-19