General Coordinator of International Relations of Mexico City
Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano (Mexico City, 1934) gained his civil engineering degree at the National Engineering School of the Mexico National Autonomous University (UNAM) in 1957, after coursing part of his studies in France and Italy. Immediately after finishing his degree, Mr. Cárdenas started his professional career in the fields of his specialization: Regional Development and Planning.
He is the current General Coordinator of International Affairs of Mexico City, where he was the first Head of Government elected by popular vote (1997-1999). Previously, he had been federal Senator representing Michoacán (1976-1982) and Governor of this very State (1980-1986). He has been three times a Presidential candidate.
As Head of Government of Mexico City encouraged the elaboration of the Mexico City Charter for the Right to the City, and as General Coordinator of International Affairs he has renewed the city’s commitment for the right to the city by taking part in the political leadership of the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights. He also chairs the Fundación para la Democracia, which aims at strengthening the progressive thinking.