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Amb. Luis Gallegos Named Vice President of UNCTAD XIII

Amb. Luis Gallegos at UNCTAD XIII Conference photoIDPP faculty member and Advisory Board member Ambassador Luis Gallegos has been elected Vice President of the 13th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The conference is taking place from 21-26 April 2012 in Doha, Qatar.

Ambassador Gallegos currently serves as the ambassador of Ecuador to the United Nations. UNCTAD was established in 1964 to “[promote] the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the global economy…with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development,” according to its Web site.

UNCTAD serves as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations; facilitates research, policy analysis, and data collection; and provides technical assistance to developing countries, with particular attention to the needs of least-developed countries and of economies in transition.

A tremendous supporter of the IDPP, Ambassador Gallegos has taught courses about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and international negotiations within the Master’s in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) program.

Ambassador Gallegos has served as Chairman of the Global UN Partnership for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies; President of the International Rehabilitation Foundation; and Chair of the committee that negotiated the UNCRPD: the Ad-Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities.

The IDPP congratulates Ambassador Gallegos on this most recent position!