Mexican politician and former coordinator of the Diálogo para la Reconstrucción de México
Manuel Camacho Solís is presently a Senator and has been the coordinator of the DIA (Diálogo para la Reconstrucción de México). A former member of the national executive committee of the center-left opposition in Mexico (Frente Amplio Progresista or FAP), he is director of Omega Projects, which specializes in mediation and institutional design.
Mr. Camacho has served Mexico as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mayor of Mexico City, Secretary of Urban Development and the Environment, Undersecretary of Budgetary Planning, member of Congress and presidential candidate for the Partido del Centro Democrático.
Mr. Camacho is particularly known for his capacity as negotiator and promoter of reforms. In January 1994, after the Zapatista uprising, he was named the government commissioner for peace in the state of Chiapas. He negotiated the truce with the Zapatistas, which ended the war in the state of Chiapas. In the social turmoil that followed the earthquakes in Mexico City, he coordinated the reconstruction and promoted the policies that controlled the environmental crisis of Mexico City. He has defended an ethical imperative for solving difficult social problems without resorting to the use of force.
Mr. Camacho has published several books on the advancement of democracy, social justice and different models for economic development. He was a member of the independent commission (Brandt, Carlson, Delors, Cardoso and others) which presented the report "Our Global Neighborhood" (Oxford University Press). He has also served as guest speaker at prestigious universities and forums in Mexico, Latin America, the United States and Europe.