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.
Costa Rica 2021 Carbon Neutrality Goal to be Scrapped?
Reuters: Costa Rica`s leading opposition group, PAC, expected to win a four-year presidential term next month, will drop the country`s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2021, an official said.
The leftist group`s candidate, Luis Guillermo Solis, should be elected president in an April 6 runoff vote after ruling party candidate Johnny Araya announced on Wednesday that he was abandoning the campaign.
"We don`t think it would be possible to reach carbon neutrality by 2021, because the most important tasks...
Four new gases found to be destroying ozone layer
BusinessGreen: The ozone layer over Antarctica is being attacked by four previously unidentified man-made gases, scientists from the University of East Anglia (UAE) have warned.
New research published in Nature Geoscience yesterday found that more than 74,000 tonnes of three new chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and one new hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) have been released into the atmosphere, despite a ban on CFCs since 1989.
UEA's team, led by Dr Johannes Laube, compared samples of air from 100 years ago, 36 years...
Bangladesh warns of rising climate change costs as donations plummet
Guardian: Bangladesh needs $5bn (£3bn) over the next five years to adapt to current climate changes, and the cost is rising each year, according to a lead negotiator for developing countries in the UN climate talks, which resume in Bonn on Monday.
It, and other developing countries, may have been promised $30bn as "fast-start finance" before $100bn a year is theoretically mobilised for developing countries in 2020, but the global recession and reluctance by rich countries to match their pledges with money...
United Kingdom: Richard Branson tells climate deniers to 'get of the way'
Guardian: Virgin Group chairman and founder, Sir Richard Branson, has said businesses should "stand up" to climate change deniers and they should "get out of our way".
Branson said he was "enormously impressed" with Apple's chief executive for telling climate change sceptics to ditch shares in the technology company.
At Apple's annual meeting last month, Tim Cook responded angrily to questions from a rightwing thinktank, the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), about the profitability...
Democrat senators to stage all-night session climate change speeches
Guardian: More than two dozen Democratic senators will take to the Senate floor on Monday for an all-night session of speeches on climate change.
The marathon session will get underway after the last vote on Monday night and could last until 9am on Tuesday, Senate staff said.
The high visibility all-nighter was organised by a new initiative, the Climate Action Task Force, which is trying to galvanise support for Barack Obama's climate change agenda.
The Senators said they would be tweeting throughout...
United Kingdom: Fracking is no answer to 'immediate dilemma' of energy security
Guardian: Fracking might be a controversial proposition, but there is no need to panic just yet. It may be that shale is indeed the solution to our energy crisis, but many are unaware of the complex and tangled web of legal issues to be picked through before anyone puts a drill in the ground.
Fracking involves the extraction of methane gas from layers of shale by pumping high pressure water down a well. But shale gas stocks are legally owned by the Crown, and it is the Crown (via the Department for Energy...
UN climate deal could 'revive' offset market says CDM chief
RTCC: The main tool that funnels finance to developing countries could get a new lease of life from a possible global climate deal at the end of next year, as deeper carbon targets will mean more demand for offsets, the head of the UN`s main carbon offset scheme said.
Hugh Sealy, who was recently elected as chair of a panel that overseas carbon reduction projects in developing countries, said the Kyoto Protocol?s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) would remain relevant for policymakers despite chronic...
Japan sees higher chance of El Nino this summer
Reuters: There is a greater possibility of an El Nino weather pattern emerging this summer, Japan's weather bureau said on Monday, after previously forecasting a 50 percent chance of the phenomenon that is often linked to heavy rainfall and droughts.
El Nino - a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific - can trigger drought in Southeast Asia and Australia and floods in South America, hitting production of key foods such as rice, wheat and sugar.
The potential disruption to supply would come...