Former President of Mexico
• Former President of Mexico (1994-2000);
• High Level Panel on Funding and Development, Chair;
• London School of Economics, visiting professor;
• Center for Globalization Studies at Yale University, Director;
• Forbes magazine, columnist;
• Central Bank of Mexico, economist, deputy manager of economic research, general director of a trust fund, and deputy director of the bank (1978-1998);
• Secretary of Education (1992);
• Secretary of Programming and Budget (1988);
• Undersecretary of Planning and Budget in the Secretariat of Programming and Planning (1987); and
• Colegio de Mexico and the National Polytechnic Institute, professor of macroeconomics and international economics.
AWARDS, BOARD MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
• Procter and Gamble, member of the Board of Directors;
• Union Pacific, member of the Board of Directors;
• ALCOA, member of the Board of Directors;
• Daimler-Chrysler, advisor;
• Coca Cola, advisor;
• Doctorates Honoris Causa from Yale and Harvard Universities;
• Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Fear Award;
• Gold Insigne of the Council of the Americas;
• Tribuna Americana Award of the Casa de America of Madrid; and
• Berkeley Medal from UC Berkeley.
• Advanced School of Economics at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico (Degree in Economics); and
• Yale University (M.A., M.Phil. and PhD in Economics).
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But according to the Catlin Seaview Survey, a multi-year project to map the world?s coral reefs, there may be evidence that certain reefs in the Coral Triangle...
African states should double agriculture research spending, report says
Reuters: Sub-Saharan Africa needs to double its investment in agricultural research to meet the challenges of high population growth, climate change and deteriorating soils, a new report said on Wednesday.
More women researchers must be trained, and the large number of countries that spend less on research than recommended should note the clear link between new research spending and increased food production, the report said.
"It is critical that African countries invest more in agricultural research...
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Guardian: India?s environment court has slammed the government over the capital?s horrendous air pollution, which it said was ?getting worse? every day, and ordered a string of measures to bring it down.
The National Green Tribunal directed all vehicles older than 15 years be taken off New Delhi roads, pollution checks undertaken for all state-run buses and air purifiers installed at the city?s busy markets.
Environmentalists welcomed the decision, saying policymakers were failing to heed the ?emergency?...
France to stop credits for coal projects in developing countries
Reuters: France will eliminate export credits for energy projects in developing countries which involve coal, the most polluting fossil fuel, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.
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But an EU policy paper seen by Reuters in June said European makers of coal-fired power plants such as France's Alstom should get financial help to export...
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Independent: Global weather will become increasingly extreme, with the planet facing rising surfacing temperatures, higher sea levels and flash flooding. In the next 100 years the most vulnerable people, either elderly populations or those living in extreme poverty, will face increasing risk from shifting weather patterns, according to a report published by The Royal Society. The 124-page inquiry, ?Resilience to extreme weather?, comprehensively details what we can expect in the coming 100-years and how best...
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New Zealand: Govt's pure tourism campaign hypocritical
Stuff: Christchurch has flooded several times in the last year. A report suggests it is likely to become more frequent.
The Government's "100 per cent Pure" tourism campaign is hypocritical as it does little to curb greenhouse gas discharges, the Environment Commissioner says.
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright's comments came as her office released a new report today outlining the science behind predictions of climate change-driven sea-level rises.
"Our Government has...