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César Gaviria

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Gaviria served as the President of Colombia from 1990 to 1994. During his four-year presidential term, he carried out a broad process of structural reforms that facilitated the country’s entrance into the international economy. Colombia’s Constitution of 1991, promulgated during his government, strengthened democracy, promoting the defense of human rights and justice.

Gaviria served as Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) from 1994 to 2004. Under his mandate, in 2001, the Inter-American Democratic Charter was adopted. The charter was an instrument binding on all the OAS member states, with the central aim of strengthening and upholding democratic institutions in the nations of the Americas.

Since 2009, he has served as a founding member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, an initiative that brings to the international level, an informed, science-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to people and societies.

Since 2017, Gaviria has served as director of the Colombian Liberal Party, playing a pivotal role in the pursuit of peace and actively defending democracy and institutions.