Network of Men Leaders
Members of the Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders
César Gaviria Trujillo
Known as a conflict mediator, advocate of democracy, staunch supporter of regional integration and defender of human rights, César Gaviria Trujillo began his career at age 23 when he was elected councilman in his hometown of Pereira, Colombia.
In 1974, Mr. Gaviria was elected to Colombia’s House of Representatives, rising to the top position in the House in 1983. After serving as Colombian Minister of Finance and later as Minister of the Interior, Mr. Gaviria left the Government in early 1989 to manage the presidential campaign of Senator Luis Carlos Galán. Following the brutal murder of Senator Galán by drug traffickers, the Liberal Party chose Mr. César Gaviria as its candidate. He was elected President of Colombia in May 1990.
As President, he enacted policies to strengthen democracy, promote peace and reintegrate armed rebels into civilian life. At the end of his term in office in 1994, President Gaviria was elected Secretary General of the Organization of American States, a position he held until 2004. Throughout his career, César Gaviria has advocated for women’s rights and an end to violence against women.