Peace and sustainable development: the Costa Rica experience


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    2011•12•08    15:00 - 16:30

    The 19th U Thant Distinguished Lecture was delivered by Ms. Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica. In her lecture, “Peace and sustainable development: the Costa Rica experience”, President Chinchilla focused on Costa Rica’s innovative green policies as well as highlighted how, in a time of stalled talks regarding disarmament, Costa Rica’s six-plus decades of demilitarization serve as a beacon of hope for progress and achievement.

    President Chinchilla has played a central role in the political life of Costa Rica, serving as a deputy in the National Assembly, Vice-Minister and Minister for public security, and Vice-President in the second administration of President Arias. As the first female President of her country, her election has been part of a new stage in the vibrant democratic development of both Costa Rica and the region. President Chinchilla’s administration has also maintained Costa Rica’s tradition of prudent government and sustainable practices, both in the environmental sphere (with the wise stewardship Costa Ricans have provided) and with the country’s long and proud democratic heritage.

    This lecture was the 19th in our U Thant Distinguished Lecture series — a forum through which eminent thinkers and world leaders speak on the challenges facing the world’s peoples and nations in the twenty-first century. For more information on the series, please see

    Simultaneous Japanese–English–Spanish interpretation was provided.

    For a full review of the event please visit the news page.

  • E. Rose Hall
    UNU Headquarters