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Cristovam Buarque is a Mechanical Engineer, graduated by the Federal University of Pernambuco in 1966, with a Doctor’s Degree in Economics by the Sorbonne from 1973.From 1973 to 1979, he worked as Advisor for the Inter-American Development Bank – IADB in Washington. Since 1979, he has been Professor of the University of Brasilia – UnB. In 1985 he was elected Dean in the first democratic election at the University, and carried out the job until 1989. From 1995 to 1998, he was Governor of the Brazilian Federal District. During his mandate, he was recognized by his commitment with social inclusion and as an administrator able to turn into laws the ideas previously exposed in his books. Among the several creative solutions conceived by the Professor and implemented by the Governor, the most renowned in Brazil and abroad is the Bolsa-Escola, a revolutionary approach for education and against poverty. In 2002, he was elected Senator for the Federal District, with an eight-year mandate. He was designated Minister of Education in 2003, the first year of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s term, assignment carried out this until January 2004. Back to the Federal Senate in 2004, he was elected Chairman of the Senate External Relations Committee. From January 2005 to December 2006 he headed the Senate Human Rights Committee. In January 2007 he was unanimously chosen Chairman of the Senate Education, Sports and Culture Committee. In 2006, he was a candidate for the Presidency of Brazil, presenting a concrete proposal to change the Nation: a revolution through education. He received over 2.6 million votes throughout the country. In 2010, he was re-elected Senator for another eight-year mandate. Senator Buarque was Vice-Chairman of the Senate External Relations Committee and Chairman of the Special Subcommittee for the 2012 Summit Rio+20. Presently, Cristovam Buarque is a member of the Advisory Panel of the Human Development Report, prepared by the United Nations Development Program; is Vice-Chair of the Council of the United Nations University – UNU; and is also a Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letter and Fine Arts of Belgium.