Creating Economic Opportunities by Improving the Climate
Climate change has become one of the greatest threats to future development. Despite the scientific evidence on the relationship between carbon emissions from human activities and increasing climate risk, the world is not taking enough action to mitigate those risks. This is to a large extent due to the false belief that taking the necessary actions represents an enormous economic cost to governments and businesses.
As President of the World Commission on the Economy and Climate and as one of the most recognized leaders in the field worldwide, Felipe Calderon provides a new vision for addressing climate change while generating economic growth and alleviating poverty.
Analysis of the Global Economy
Although the US economy has registered positive growth rates in recent times, many regions of the world are still in trouble. Europe is still in a sluggish recovery, and several economies in Latin America, including Brazil, are mired in a severe recession. Even in China, growth rates are decreasing. What comes next?
Crisis and Competitiveness: The Case of Mexico
Due to the strong linkage of its exports to the US consumer, Mexico was the country that suffered the most the impact of the 2009 financial crisis. President Calderon explains how he led the rapid recovery of Mexico since the economic crisis of 2009 and simultaneously improved the country’s competitiveness through market-oriented policies, deregulation, technological education and infrastructure investment, which reached unprecedented levels. He also put in place a firm strategy to fight organized crime and establish the rule of law. The expression "The Moment of Mexico" was coined at the end of his administration, when Mexico became one of the most competitive manufacturing economies and one of the largest exporters in the world.
What is Happening in Latin America?
After an outstanding decade for Latin America in economic terms, today multiple questions about the immediate and long-term future of the subcontinent have arisen. With the clear macroeconomic thinking and leadership experience that allowed him to successfully lead Mexico through the 2009 global economic crisis, Felipe Calderon offers a rich retrospective of what happened in Latin America the past decade. Furthermore, by contrasting the region’s main growth models, he presents an illuminating overview of the opportunities and challenges facing Latin America in the XXI century.
Felipe Calderon delivers powerful insights on the energy industry
Having been sought-out to speak at Peru’s “Day of Energy,” South Korea’s Energy Industry Promotion Agency, and an Association of Energy Engineers in the U.S., former President of Mexico (2006-12) Felipe Calderon is an in-demand voice on the energy industry worldwide. Prior to his time as President, Calderon served as Mexico’s Secretary of Energy, and part of his Presidential legacy was drastically improving and modernizing Mexico’s energy sector. As the World Politics Review wrote in Mexico’s Calderon Leaves Behind a Healthier Pemex, Oil Industry: “Calderon got Mexico’s oil industry out of intensive care.” Responsible for implementing policies that catapulted Mexico into a powerful player in the global economy, Calderon brings tactical insights as well as big picture analysis to each of his speaking engagements. As one host raved after a recent engagement: "President Calderon was truly magnificent. His speech was outstanding, excessively inspiring and very relevant… The feedback I keep receiving is extremely positive."
Felipe Calderon is a go-to voice on sustainability and climate change
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to future development around the world, and Former Mexican President FELIPE CALDERON (2006-2012) provides a new vision for addressing climate change while generating economic growth and alleviating poverty. As Chair of the highly prestigious Global Commission on the Economy and Climate--whose member list includes luminaries from the private sector such as the Chairmen and CEOs of Unilever, Bloomberg, and Bank of America-- President Calderon is at the forefront of a major international initiative that examines how to achieve sustainable economic prosperity. President Calderon has hosted and chaired the G-20 Summit of Leaders, the most important forum of heads of state and government, as well as chaired the UN Conference on Climate Change COP 16, which marked a new era of cooperation in this field. He has been named "Statesman of the Year" by the World Economic Forum and "Champion of the Earth" by the United Nations, and has received the Teddy Roosevelt International Conservation Award, the GLOBE Award, and was named a Star of Energy Efficiency, among many other important distinctions. Additionally, President Calderon is a member of the Advisory Council of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and of the Board of the World Resources Institute, as well as President of the Environment and Sustainability Commission for the International Automobile Federation. Informative and inspiring, Calderon has addressed audiences from the World Government Summit to the SALT Conference, illuminating a path forward where economic prosperity and environmentalism go hand-in-hand. As recent event-planners have raved of Calderon's captivating and substantive keynotes: "President Calderon did a fantastic job presenting at our Seminar. He was exceptionally open and honest - participants loved him" (Accenture);"Delegates enjoyed his remarks and his presence made the conference a tremendous success." (Capital G); "President Calderon was truly magnificent. His speech was outstanding." (American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt)Watch Felipe Calderon's keynote on climate change at the World Government Summit >>
Felipe Calderón served as President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012.
Prior to his presidency, Calderón was Secretary of Energy (and in that capacity Chairman of the Board of PEMEX and CFE) and director of BANOBRAS (Public Works Bank). He was also a Congressman, leader of the National Action Party (PAN) in the Congress, and Secretary General and National President of PAN.
President Calderón has a law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho, a Masters in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he later participated as an Angelopoulos Leadership Fellow.
Under his administration the Mexican economy registered stability and economic growth. Despite the impact of the 2009 international economic crisis, he boosted competitiveness in Mexico by deregulating the economy, promoting free trade, competition, private investment and technical education, as well as increasing investment in infrastructure to unprecedented levels. He also led an unmatched effort to enforce the rule of law.
During his tenure, Mexico became one of the most important exporters in the world, exporting 60% of the total manufactured products in Latin American and Caribbean Region. When he took office, Mexico was the 9th largest exporter of vehicles in the world, and by the end of his administration it was the 4th largest, surpassing Spain, the UK and the US among others.
President Calderón chaired the G20 Leaders Summit, the most important global forum for heads of state and government. He also chaired the UN COP 16 Climate Change Conference, which marked a new era of cooperation and a long-term approach for addressing climate change. This Conference delivered significant results such as the creation of the Green Fund, an international mechanism for financing climate change actions.
He has been named “Statesman of the Year” by the World Economic Forum, and “Champion of the Earth” by the United Nations, he has also received the Teddy Roosevelt International Conservation award, Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) award, International Star of Energy Efficiency award, among many others recognitions as a global leader on environmental issues.
Currently, he is member of the Board of Directors of the World Resources Institute, Honorary Chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and commissioner of the Education Commission, President of the Environment and Sustainability Commission of the International Federation of Automobile (FIA), among other responsibilities.
He is founder President of the Human Sustainable Development Foundation from where he is still working in analyzing and proposing public policy alternatives for Mexico and promoting low carbon development for the world.
Recently, President Calderón published Los Retos que Enfrentamos, a book which points out the main policies carried out during his administration. Its appearance has sparked an intense debate on the public policies that Mexico has followed on its path to development, as one of the leading emerging economies.