Ricardo Lagos Escobar

Ricardo Lagos Escobar

Ricardo Lagos Escobar fue presidente de Chile entre 2000-2006. Desde que dejó el cargo, fundó la Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo en 2006 y actualmente es su presidente. También es vice-presidente del Diálogo Interamericano, es profesor en el Instituto Watson de Estudios Internacionales, en la Universidad de Brown y fue enviado especial de la ONU para el cambio climático.

Ricardo Lagos Escobar served as president of Chile from 2000-2006. Since leaving office, he founded the Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo (Foundation for Democracy and Development ) in 2006 and currently serves as its president. He is also a vice chair of the Inter-American Dialogue, professor at large at Brown University at the Watson Institute for International Studies and a former UN special envoy for climate change.

Ricardo Lagos Escobar foi presidente do Chile de 2000 a 2006. Assim que deixou a presidência, ele inaugurou a Fundação para Democracia e Desenvolvimento, sendo hoje seu atual presidente. Ele é também o vice-presidente do Diálogo Inter-Americano, professor da Universidade de Brown no Instituto Watson para Estudos Internacionais e foi enviado especial da Organização das Nações Unidas para Mudanças Climáticas.
Monday, 01 December 2014 12:30

Latin America’s Climate Vanguard

SANTIAGO – Latin America may have weathered the global economic slowdown, but for many, the potential impact of global warming, and the measures required to avoid its worst effects, may undermine the region’s fragile political, economic, and social balance – and roll back years of progress.

Monday, 22 April 2013 08:59

A Few Thoughts On Earth Day

Latin America represents a microcosm for the challenges facing the international climate change talks. The diversity of its countries and their economies, the disparities in their annual emissions and vulnerability, their ideological stances, diversity of foreign policies and memberships of various regional and international fora ensures that differing perspectives on climate change are commonplace.
The 2010 Climate Change Conference in Cancun was an important step on the road to achieving a global deal on climate change. Many important issues, such as the $30 billion fund for the period 2010-2012, or the issue of deforestation, which is so important for Latin America need to be stressed.  Much of this success was due to the excellent work done by the Mexican Presidency.  Their main achievement was to reopen meaningful negotiations towards the COP17 in South Africa this December. With current emission reduction pledges significantly below what is required, the world could be looking at severe temperature increases this century, which could potentially reverse the hard won gains in global prosperity and jeopardize the development opportunities for vulnerable communities everywhere. The devastating floods in Australia, Colombia and Brazil cannot be linked directly to climate change with any real assurance, but they do provide a glimpse into the future where we might lurch from one horrific natural disaster to another.  Glacial melt in the Andes is already happening, and is likely to cause dire water shortages for millions and disrupt vital energy and agricultural systems.