Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the former president of Costa Rica, is widely admired as a world leader in the global effort to tackle climate change.
Quesada, who is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy at Tufts’ Fletcher School, concluded his term as president of the Central American country this past May after four years in office. During that time, Costa Rica won the Earthshot Prize—the only country to be awarded the global prize meant to recognize companies and individuals who’ve devised innovative climate solutions.
During a visit to Northeastern’s Boston campus hosted by the School for Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Quesada sat down with News@Northeastern to talk about climate change, both in the context of Latin American cooperation and collaboration, and across the rest of the planet. Professor Maria Ivanova, director of the School for Public Policy and Urban Affairs, helped to spearhead the former president’s visit. His comments have been edited for brevity and clarity.