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Amb. Gallegos Receives UNITAR Global Partner Award 2012

Amb. Gallegos receives UNITAR Global Partner Award 2012 (photo)IDPP Advisory Board member and CIDP faculty member H.E. Ambassador Luis Gallegos received the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Global Partner Award 2012 for his contributions to peace and development efforts “as part of a new initiative to recognize and celebrate the tangible contributions of global citizens who support the United Nations ideals,” according to the UNITAR Web site.

Amb. Gallegos serves as the permanent representative of Ecuador to the United Nations Office at Geneva, and previously served as the Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States. He served as the Chair of the United Nations Committee that negotiated the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the first human rights treaty of the 21st century.

The UNITAR Award pays tribute to global citizens who embrace the mission of the United Nations and its organizations toward building a better world.

Other award recipients include: H.E. Mr. Kenzo Oshima, Senior Advisor to the President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and former Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations and United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs; H.E. Amb. Mohammed Aljowaid, Foreign Aid Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates; and H.E. Lukman Faily, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to Japan, among others.

Amb. Gallegos has been instrumental to the development and implementation of the IDPP and Master’s in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) program, including teaching courses each semester since the commencement of the CIDP program on the UN CRPD and international negotiations.

The IDPP congratulates Amb. Gallegos on this excellent distinction!