A Conversation with David Malpass and Masood Ahmed

On May 26th 2022, World Bank Group’s President, David Malpass, and Masood Ahmed, President of the Center for Global Development, will hold a conversation about the array of global shocks, their impact on the most vulnerable communities—and the response they urgently demand.

From conflict to COVID to climate change, overlapping crises have created unprecedented challenges for developing countries. Debt vulnerabilities, rising inflation, higher energy prices and food insecurity are threatening to reverse development gains. These growing challenges require decisive policy action and sustained international cooperation on multiple fronts to ensure economic conditions improve in all countries, especially the poorest.  David Malpass and Masood Ahmed will exchange views on macroeconomic and political instability; and what is required for economic transformation.

The Way Forward is an occasional series of in-depth discussions on development challenges and innovative solutions, hosted by World Bank Group David Malpass.

May 26th, 10:00 AM EDT (local time)

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Climate change and poverty: the perfect storm

We often hear that climate change disproportionately impacts the poor and the scenariosfarming_in_haiti._world_bank_eng are worrisome. For example, climate change will lead to up to a 300 % increase in extreme poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) by 2030. 

Beneath this alarming headline, we know that climate-related losses will fluctuate across time and geographies. Impacts on people will be as varied and specific as household income sources and consumption patterns.

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6 reasons to blame plastic pollution for climate change

What is the link between plastics and hurricanes Sandy and Katrina in the United States,hero_plastics_shutterstock_2007605558 melting glaciers in Antarctica, summer heat waves and erosion of coastal areas in Australia, and other natural disasters hitting us with greater frequency? We blame climate change for that.  However, the contribution of plastic waste and the plastics industry to climate change is often less known or worse, disregarded.

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Millions on the move: What climate change could mean for internal migration

When you think of climate migration, you probably think of people moving from one countrygroundswell_blog_20120218-niger-farhat-8040_1140x500 to another to escape rising seas or expanding deserts. And to some extent, you’d be right. But the fact is, the vast majority of climate migrants are actually moving within their country’s borders. 

The findings of our new Groundswell report forecast that there could be up to 216 million internal climate migrants globally by 2050.  Hotspots of climate migration may start to emerge as early as 2030, as people leave places that can no longer sustain them and go to areas that offer opportunities. The drivers of these migrations, according to the report, will be water scarcity, declining crop productivity and sea-level rise.

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COP26: The World Is Watching

STORY HIGHLIGHTS COP26 venue in Glasgow

  • The clock is ticking for high impact climate action at COP26 in Glasgow from October 31 – November 12, 2021.
  • A strong theme of the World Bank Group’s participation will be its support for green, resilient, and inclusive recoveries from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Watch live-streamed events and participate in the conversation with #COP26 and #ClimateActionWBG.

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World Bank Group COP26 Climate Briefs

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the World Bank Group’s Work on Climate Change

  • Climate change, poverty, and inequality are the defining issues of our age. TacklingCC_shutterstock climate change will require major social, economic and technological changes, many of which are costly and will require large investments. Did you know…. Continue reading

Climate Change Could Further Impact Africa’s Recovery, Pushing 86 Million Africans to Migrate Within Their Own Countries by 2050

Deep dives on climate migration in West Africa and Lake Victoria Basin

WASHINGTON, October 27, 2021— The World Bank’s new Groundswell Africa reports, released today ahead of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26), find that the continent will be hit the hardest by climate change, with up to 86 million Africans migrating within their own countries by 2050.

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Taking Action: The World Bank Group’s Climate Priorities

Tackling climate change will require major social, economic and technological changes,dm_oped_climateshutterstock_1869476341_1140x500 many of which are costly and will require large investments.  To achieve our climate objectives, it will be critical to integrate climate and development and identify projects at the country level that tackle mitigation and adaptation and channel appropriate sources and structures of financing toward these projects in a manner that maximizes impact.

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Changing the Narrative – Trade is Part of the Solution to Climate Change

Climate discussions often focus on trade as a contributor to global warming. But with the right

Kitabi Tea Processing Facility in Kitabi, Rwanda

Kitabi Tea Processing Facility in Kitabi, Rwanda

policies to encourage cleaner production and trade in climate-friendly goods and services, it can be part of the solution. Join us for a discussion on expanding this positive role in facilitating climate change mitigation and adaptation. Panelists will discuss how policymakers from low- and middle-income countries can help shape trade to address climate change policy, including potential areas for collaboration and partnerships, as well as ideas for capacity-building and technical assistance.

This event will be LIVESTREAMED on Sept. 29 at 8:30am ET

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