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Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the World Bank: Queer Progress in International Development

  • Clifton Cortez, Global Advisor on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at the World Bank
Monday 4 December 2017
Doors open at 15:45
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Room 3.46

Public lecture by Clifton Cortez, Global Advisor on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at the World Bank

As Global Advisor on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) at the World Bank, Clifton Cortez is responsible for promoting LGBTI inclusion throughout the work of the World Bank.  He has more than 20 years of professional experience working in developing countries with the UNDP and USAID, focusing on health, HIV, and sustainable development – including the important intersection of SOGI and development.  Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where he led the team responsible for leadership of UNDP’s HIV and health-focused policy and program contributions to sustainable development, including as relates to inclusive growth, governance, and gender.  He simultaneously served as the UNDP global senior manager responsible for policy and program direction on LGBTI inclusion. See also his blogs.  

The World Bank appointed Clifton Cortez in 2016 to be its Global Advisor on SOGI. The creation of this senior-level position builds on the World Bank efforts to develop a coordinated, strategic approach to inclusion and gender equality. The World Bank has established a multi-sectoral Task Force to spearhead work in this area, and is adding staff to monitor the environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons in countries around the world. It is also increasing research on the economic impact of discrimination against LGBTI persons, as well as other groups. The World Bank has launched several LGBTI data-collection and research initiatives recently, and is working with the United Nations on a coordinated research agenda. As an employer the World Bank was the first international financial institution to offer health insurance for same-sex couples, and has offered domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples for over 10 years..

This public lecture will be hosted by Kees Waaldijk, professor of Comparative Sexual Orientation Law at Leiden Law School (Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies).  He is co-author of the 2014 report The Relationship between LGBT Inclusion and Economic Development: An Analysis of Emerging Economies.  Each year he offers a Summer School on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law.

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