Pride in the City

March 26, 2018


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GLOBE and the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the OECD are pleased to co-organise the public event Pride in the City. The objective of this event is to explore the cultural, social and economic importance of LGTBQI events and their role in fostering inclusive and liveable cities and societies.


This event will explore the history and development of LGBTQI cultural events through the lens of Amsterdam Pride, an annual festival celebrating diversity and inclusion, and the Gay Games, an inclusive international sporting event. This event has been organised by OECD GLOBE in collaboration with the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the OECD. It is open to all OECD Staff, Delegations and Permanent Representations to the OECD, other International Organisations and other interested persons.


The LGBTQI communities contribute to the cultural landscape of many cities across the OECD. In particular, LGBTQI cultural events like Pride, and sporting events like the Gay Games, help to foster open, inclusive and diverse societies, and continue to promote the rights and freedoms of LGBTQI people. Pride marches have had a tumultuous history in many countries since the first civil rights movements in the 1960s and 1970s, and are now significant social, cultural and political milestones for many cities. Equally, the Gay Games were initially founded in 1982 in order to promote inclusion and participation of all people in sporting events, and have since been held in eight cities across four continents.


This public event will bring together stakeholders from multiple facets of the LGBTQI and sporting communities, policymaking institutions and representatives from civil society.


Monday 9 April, OECD Auditorium


16:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
The seminar will be chaired and moderated by GLOBE member Nori Spauwen. Opening remarks will be made by: 

  • His Excellency Noé VAN HULST, Ambassador of the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the OECD

  • Jean-Paul CLUZEL, Ambassador for the Gay Games, former Inspecteur Général des Finances and former Director of Opéra Paris


16:45 Pride in the City Panel Discussion


  • Manuel PICAUD, Co-President of the Gay Games

  • Marie RICARDO, Board Member, Amsterdam Pride and International Project Officer, COC Netherlands

  • Arnaud NGATCHA, Chef de Cabinet de Ministre des Sports, Ministère du Sport

  • Gilles SREDIC, Conseiller, Mairie de Paris

  • Debra MOUNTFORD, Project Manager, OECD


17:20 Questions from the Audience
The guest speakers will respond to questions from the audience about the role of LGBTQI communities and cultural events in city life and urban development


17:50 Conclusions and Closing Remarks
Closing remarks will be offered by Gabriela RAMOS, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20


18:00 Reception


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