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. 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 Calderon in-demand to address issues of immigration, climate change, trade and more
Former President of Mexico FELIPE CALDERON (2006-2012) is in-demand to deliver insights on issues of immigration, climate change, trade and more in a series of high-profile talks. First, speaking at the World Affairs Council’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Calderon addressed a packed house of over 700 on the history and importance of the relationship between the United States and Mexico, highlighting the economic, security and global benefits a stronger partnership could produce. His informative keynote, entitled “A Presidential Look at Latin America and Mexico’s Perspective on Hemispheric and Bilateral Relations”, touched on everything from NAFTA and trade policy to tourism and job creation. Next, Calderon will deliver a keynote on climate change for 1,800 CIOs, IT Teams and engineers at the Unexpected Sources of Inspiration Conference, which delves into new technologies and how they will shape the future. Named “Statesman of the Year” by the World Economic Forum and “Champion of the Earth” by the United Nations, Calderon currently chairs The Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate, a major international initiative to examine how countries can achieve economic growth while dealing with the risks posed by climate change. A sought-out leader thanks to his forward-thinking insights, and innovative, actionable solutions, most recently Calderon penned a powerful op-ed on the shipping industry and its impact on the environment for Newsweek. He brings the same substantive, frank analysis and problem-solving attitude to each of his engagements, earning praise wherever he speaks. Reviews from his recent engagements include: “President Calderon did a fantastic job presenting at our Seminar. He was exceptionally open and honest - participants loved him” (Accenture); "President Calderon was truly magnificent. His speech was outstanding, excessively inspiring and very relevant…” (American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt); "The visit was great ... He was open and to the point. We really felt he was most generous with his time. The campus really enjoyed every minute” (Colgate University).
Felipe Calderón served as President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012.
Felipe Calderon is one of Latin America's most distinguished leaders. He is internationally recognized as a President who strengthened the rule of law and made possible the economic recovery of Mexico after the world economic crisis. During his term he implemented public policies that projected Mexico as a powerful player in the global economy. He was named "Statesman of the Year" by the World Economic Forum, and considered one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine.
Felipe Calderon served as President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012. Previously, he was Secretary of Energy (and as such chaired the boards of PEMEX and CFE) and director of Banobras (National Bank of Public Works and Services). He was both local and federal congressman, leader of the National Action Party (PAN) in the Federal Congress and General Secretary and National President of PAN.
President Calderon has a degree in law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho; holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Apart from leading an unprecedented effort to strengthen the rule of law in Mexico, during his administration the Mexican economy achieved stability and growth. Despite the impact of the 2009 international economic crisis, Mexico's competitiveness was boosted by policies aimed at deregulation, free trade, competition, private investment and technical education as well as increased investment in infrastructure.
During his tenure, Mexico became one of the world’s biggest exporters, accounting for 60% of the total manufacturing exports in Latin America and the Caribbean. When he took office, Mexico was the ninth exporter of vehicles worldwide, by the end of his administration it was the fourth largest.
Felipe Calderon hosted and chaired the G-20Summit of Leaders, the most important forum of heads of state and government. He also 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. He has received the Teddy Roosevelt Award for the Environment, the GLOBE Award from the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment, the International Star of Energy Efficiency award, among other important awards as a world leader on environmental issues.
Currently he is a member of the Advisory Council of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); member of the Board of the World Resources Institute and Chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.
He is founder and president of the Sustainable Human Development Foundation, where he works to analyze and propose viable policy alternatives for Mexico and promoting low carbon development alternatives for the world.
His most recent book The Challenges We Face, which deals with the main policies implemented during his administration, has sparked an intense debate about the policies that Mexico, as one of the major emerging economies, has followed on its way to development.