|7th Secretary General of the Organization of American States|
September 15, 1994 - September 15, 2004
|João Clemente Baena Soares|
|Miguel Ángel Rodríguez|
|28th President of Colombia|
August 7, 1990 - August 7, 1994
|Virgilio Barco Vargas|
|Ernesto Samper Pizano|
|Minister of Interior and Justice|
May 1987 - February 1989
|President||Virgilio Barco Vargas|
|Fernando Cepeda Ulloa|
|Raúl Orejuela Bueno|
|57th Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia|
August 7, 1986 - June 17, 1987
|President||Virgilio Barco Vargas|
|Hugo Palacios Mejía|
|Luis Fernando Alarcón Mantilla|
|Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia|
July 20, 1974 - July 20, 1986
|President of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia|
July 20, 1984 - July 20, 1985
|Hernando Gómez Otálora|
|Daniel Mazuera Gómez|
César Augusto Gaviria Trujillo
March 31, 1947
Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
|Alma mater||University of the Andes|
César Augusto Gaviria Trujillo (Spanish: ['sesa? au'?usto ?a'?i?ja t?u'xi?o] ; born March 31, 1947) is a Colombian economist and politician who served as the President of Colombia from 1990 to 1994, Secretary General of the Organization of American States from 1994 to 2004 and National Director of the Colombian Liberal Party from 2005 to 2009. During his tenure as president, he summoned the Constituent Assembly of Colombia that enacted the Constitution of 1991.
Born in Pereira, the Gaviria family had been an important figure in Colombian politics and economy for over 30 years. César Gaviria is the distant cousin of José Narces Gaviria, the CEO of Bancolombia from 1988-1997. José N. Gaviria encouraged César Gaviria to run for the Congress of Colombia in early childhood. He was first elected to Congress in 1974. He served in Virgilio Barco's government, first as Minister of Finance and later as the Minister of the Interior.
As a student, Gaviria spent a year as an exchange student in the United States with AFS Intercultural Programs.
Before entering politics, he studied at the University of the Andes in the 1960s. He established AIESEC there, and then in 1968 was elected President of AIESEC in Colombia. This began his public service career.
At 23, he was elected councilman in his hometown of Pereira, and four years later he became the city's mayor. In 1974 he was elected to the Chamber of Representatives, of which he was president of in 1984-85. Three years later he became co-chair of the Colombian Liberal Party.
He was the debate chief of Luis Carlos Galán, during Galan's 1989 presidential campaign, which was cut short by Galan's assassination. After this tragedy, Gaviria was proclaimed as Galan's political successor. This campaign was the target of attacks by Pablo Escobar; Gaviria was to take Avianca Flight 203, bound for Cali. For security reasons he did not board the flight. The plane, with 107 people aboard, exploded, killing everyone on board.
In 1990, he was elected President of Colombia, running as a Liberal Party candidate. During his government a new constitution was adopted in 1991. As president, Gaviria also led the fight against the Cali drug cartel, and various guerrilla factions.
Under his presidency, the prison La Catedral was built, but to Pablo Escobar's specifications. When Escobar was imprisoned there, he continued to control his drug empire; he also murdered several of his rivals inside the prison. On 20 July 1992, Escobar escaped after learning that he was going to be moved to a different prison. On 2 December 1993, the notorious drug lord was shot dead, a triumph for the Gaviria administration.
Despite stable economic growth, foreign investment, and the Colombian State's ability to regularly pay interest on its debt, 45 per cent of Colombians live below the poverty line (particularly in rural areas) and slums are growing around major cities. Created by drug traffickers and supported by the army (President Gaviria says he sees them as a "possible solution"), paramilitary groups, sometimes called "self-defence" by some media, were often engaged in fighting the country's various guerrilla factions. In cities, these groups carried out social cleaning missions. Tramps, marginalized people, street children and homosexuals were murdered by these groups. Many judges, several senators, priests, and even the head of the national police have been convicted of links with traffickers.
In 1994, Gaviria was elected Secretary General of the OAS (his term beginning after the end of his presidential term in August 1994). Reelected in 1999, he worked extensively on behalf of Latin America. Between October 2002 and May 2003, he served as international facilitator of the OAS mesa process, aimed at finding a solution to the internal Venezuelan political crisis between President Hugo Chávez and the Coordinadora Democrática opposition.
After leaving the OAS, Gaviria worked briefly in New York as an advisor and scholar at Columbia University. Upon his return to Colombia, he founded an art gallery named Nueveochenta, and has remained in the country ever since.
|Colombia's four failed peace talks|
|1982-1985||Belisario Betancur||Most Supreme Court Justices were killed when M-19 commandos and the Army fought for control of the building|
|1986-1990||Virgilio Barco Vargas||FARC ambush killed 26 soldiers in Caquetá|
|1990-1992||César Gaviria Trujillo||FARC attack on the Senate President. FARC kidnapping and killing of an ex-cabinet member.|
|1998-2002||Andrés Pastrana Arango||FARC kidnapping of Senator|
Gaviria is a member of the Club of Madrid, an independent non-profit organization created to promote democracy and change in the international community, composed by more than 100 members: former democratic Heads of State and Government from around the world.