The Successful Path Towards Democratic Prosperity: Lessons from Colombia

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    2011•09•12    16:15 - 17:15

    President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón of Colombia delivered the 18th U Thant Distinguished Lecture at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo on Monday, 12 September.

    President Santos talked about his vision for Colombia and its people, and how the country has overcome armed conflict and is now on the path to prosperity. The President focused his presentation on policies that contribute to enhancing economic growth and experiences that can be of relevance to other countries sharing similar trajectories.

    President Santos has led various ministries during his political career, including Minister of Foreign Trade, Minister of Finance and Minister of National Defense, in which post he directed important actions against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC) and headed implementation of the government’s Democratic Security Policy. He has authored several books, among them Check on Terror wherein he describes the most important actions against the FARC terrorist group during his tenure as head of the Ministry of National Defense. President Calderón has also played a major role in the media world as a journalist and columnist, for which he was awarded the King of Spain Prize for his outstanding career.

    This event was jointly organized by the United Nations University and the Science Council of Japan, with the sponsorship of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Office in Asia and of Proexport Colombia – Tourism, Foreign Investment and Exports Promotion.

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


    The U Thant Distinguished Lecture series provides a forum for eminent thinkers and world leaders to speak on the challenges and opportunities facing the world’s peoples and nations in the twenty-first century.

  • U Thant International Conference Hall
    UNU Headquarters
    53-70 Jingumae, 5 chome, Tokyo