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IDPP Co-Hosts SIS IDP Spring Lecture Featuring Amb. Luis Gallegos

8th Annual IDP Spring Lecture (photo)The IDPP and the International Development Program (IDP) at American University’s School of International Service co-hosted the 8th annual and first virtual IDP Spring Public Lecture on Development made available to the public today. Moderated by IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn and IDP Professor Dr. David Hirschmann, the lecture features IDPP Advisory Board and faculty member Ambassador Luis Gallegos, permanent representative of Ecuador to the United Nations (UN) Office in Geneva and Vice-Chair of the UN Human Rights Council.

As Chair of the UN task force that negotiated the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Ambassador Gallegos’ presentation “Disability and Development: Successes, Challenges, and Future Opportunities” offers invaluable expert insight into the role of disability rights in the international development agenda and how frameworks such as the CRPD continue to expand this role and create opportunities. This is the first time that an IDP Spring Lecture was conducted virtually and made available via an accessible recording that audiences can access from anywhere in the world at anytime.

Click here to access Ambassador Gallegos' lecture
Closed-captions for the presentation can be found via 'Window>Show Closed-Captioning' once inside the virtual session.

In addition to the aforementioned positions, Ambassador Gallegos serves as Chairman of the Global UN Partnership for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies. In April 2012, he joined the Special Olympics’ International Board of Directors. Ambassador Gallegos has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Master's in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) program since the program's launch in 2011, and teaches courses on the UN CRPD and on international negotiations for the rights of persons with disabilities.

Since its inception, the IDP Spring Public Lecture series has featured leading figures and pioneers in the field of international development. Past speakers have included former President of Ireland Mary Robinson; Nouzha Skalli, Minister of Social Development of the Kingdom of Morocco; Managing Director of the World Bank Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Maria Otero, United States Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs and former CEO of Accion International; and William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University.

The IDPP provided the virtual cyberinfrastructure to record and make accessible the lecture, which is now available for the public to access.

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