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Emilie Cooper
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International Development Program Annual Spring Public Lecture

To access the 2013 lecture, entitled "Disability and Development: Successes, Challenges and Future Opportunities", please view the video below. To access the lecture with captions, please click here to start the lecture through Blackboard Collaborate. Closed-captions can be found via 'Window>Show Closed-Captioning' once inside the virtual session. 

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The 2013 lecture, in collaboration with the Institute on Disability and Public Policy at the School of International Service, featured Ambassador Luis Gallegos who is the Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations Office at Geneva. He was unanimously elected by his peers to serve as Vice President and Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2013. He is the Chairman of the Global UN Partnership for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies. In April 2012, he was named to the Special Olympics' International Board of Directors. Ambassador Gallegos also teaches in the Master's of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy program at SIS.

 Every spring, the International Development Program holds a public lecture and invites leaders and innovators in the development field to speak on the latest topics and trends in the field. 

 Past speakers have included Paul Collier, Professor at University of Oxford; Congressman Howard Wolpe, Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; Nouzha Skalli, Minister of Social Development of the Kingdom of Morocco; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director of the World Bank; 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.