Joseluis Samaniego, of Mexican nationality, has been Director of the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) since 2004. He is an economist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Master in International Political Economy. Between 2002 and 2004 he was Director of the Center for Sustainable Transport of Mexico City, which is a joint programme set up by the World Resources Institute, the Secretary of Environment of the Federal District and the Interdisciplinary Center for Biodiversity and the Environment. He was Coordinator of International Affairs at the Mexican Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Fisheries from 1994 to 2000, when he took part in negotiations for the Kyoto and Biosecurity protocols. In the UNAM Research Institute of Economics he coordinated the Diploma in Environmental Management and Economics, and is a Fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) programme, which aims to create a global network of sustainable development experts.
He is co-author of the following books: Climate Change and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC, 2008); Climate of Trust, published in 2002 by the World Resources Institute to examine options for the development of a climate regime; and “Sustainability of development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Challenges and opportunities” (UNEP/ECLAC, 2002). He has been a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), among other international agencies.