Secretary General, Iberoamericana
• Secretary General, Iberoamericana;
• Inter-american Development Bank, Former President;
• Minister of Foreign Relations (1985-1988);
• Executive Secretary of the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) (1972-1985);
• Secretary General of the U.N. Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy, held in Kenya in 1981; and
• Chairman of the conference that launched the Uruguay Round of international trade negotiations in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in 1986.
• Uruguay’s Universidad de la República in Economics and Business Administration (1953); and
• Specialized programs of study in the United States and France.
Liberia signs 'transformational' deal to stem deforestation
BBC: Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid.
Norway will pay the impoverished West African country $150m (£91.4m) to stop deforestation by 2020.
There have been fears that the Ebola crisis would see increased logging in a country desperate for cash.
Norwegian officials confirmed details of the deal to the BBC at the UN climate summit in New York.
Liberia's forests are not as big as other countries but the country...
Antarctic Marine Protected Areas international proposal focus of Hobart meeting
News.com.au: TENSE international relations could sway the outcome of vital research and protection proposals for the Antarctic, says the head of a global meeting of scientists.
Russia and China are among 25 delegate nations meeting in Hobart for the annual gathering of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.
Representatives from both countries, and others including the Ukraine, have previously opposed the creation of two huge marine protected areas, arguing the zones would...
India: Charge of the Green Brigade
Indian Express: Students of MG College, Thiruvananthapuram, ensure their campus stays green, through its Nature Club and Bhoomitra Sena Club. Nature Clubs are a common feature of colleges in Kerala. Bhoomitra Sena club was formed by the Department of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Kerala and gets government grants. The clubs take up special planting drives on World Environment Day, Gandhi Jayanthi and Ozone Day. Apart from club members, volunteers of the National Service Scheme (NSS) pitch in for...
Fight fear of #Ebola with facts
Washington Post: When you work in public health, you become tuned in to fear. And the fear level in the United States just ticked up a notch. All our high-tech equipment, protective gear and disease management didn?t protect two Dallas nurses from Ebola. When government officials tell us we are safe and then caregivers get sick, what does this do to trust?
Wearing protective equipment seems straightforward, but it isn?t. When you remove all those layers, you can contaminate yourself, and avoiding that takes training,...
Changing rainfall common problem for entire globe, says UN-sponsored book
Canadian Press: Algae is killing Lake Winnipeg. Siberian wildfires are so intense they melted the permafrost beneath them. Flooding in Alberta paralyzed a major city. They're all linked, say the authors of a new United Nations-sponsored book titled Water, Energy and the Arab Awakening, being released Monday.
Siberian wildfires so intense they melted the permafrost beneath them. Flooding in Alberta that paralyzed a major city. Toxic algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg that have grown 1,000 per cent since 1990.
Divestment campaign urges customers to boycott banks which support fracking and fossil-fuel industry
Independent: Customers of Britain?s biggest banks are threatening to close their accounts unless the institutions cut all ties with coal, tar sands, fracking and other fossil-fuel industries as part of a new campaign launched today.
The attempt to force Britain?s Big Five banks into ending their £66bn involvement with ?dirty? energy marks a new direction for the growing divestment campaign, as part of which this month the University of Glasgow pledged to stop investing in fossil fuels.
The new campaign...
Renewables not shale biggest driver in US emissions cuts, study finds
BusinessGreen: Renewable energy, not shale gas, has played the biggest role in reducing US emissions, according to new analysis from Greenpeace's Energydesk site.
Many energy and political commentators have argued that a surge in US shale gas production has help replace dirty coal-fired power stations, helping the world's former largest emissions cut emissions 16 per cent since 2007.
But using figures from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), Greenpeace's Energydesk team has calculated that only...
On campaign trail, Obama says GOP is peddling fear
Associated Press: Marching onto the campaign trail for the first time this year, President Barack Obama accused Republicans of peddling fear and cynicism on Sunday as he rallied voters for Democrat Anthony Brown's campaign for governor in a heavily black corner of Maryland.
In front of a rowdy crowd of about 8,000 people -- plus an overflow crowd in a gym next-door -- Obama painted Brown as a champion for the American Dream during a rally that echoed many of the same themes as Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Echoing...