This meeting had the goal of sharing experiences about the role of Ministries of Social Development and other similar entities in facing the current crisis caused by COVID-19. It was especially interesting to know how each institution has responded to the pandemic in three specific aspects: i) main socio-economic problems and priorities in social protection; ii) difficulties, challenges and lessons in their responses to the crisis; and iii) cooperation needs. It was noticed that the main focus of the regions ministries has been to mitigate the loss of human lives, as well as to avoid an expansion of poverty and extreme poverty. For this purpose, they have taken joint action along other ministries (economy, health, education, etc) and actors (universities, professional associations, private sector, among others). Later, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, called for an implementation of universal, redistributive and solidarity policies to avoid another lost decade in regards to improvements in social protection.