Tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic of Inequality to Build a Green, Inclusive, & Resilient Recovery

‘We have to help countries improve their readiness for future pandemics.’
 

World Bank Group President David Malpass called on the world to move urgently toward opportunities and solutions that achieve a green, resilient, and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in a speech today that advances the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings.

“Our collective responses to poverty, climate change, and inequality will be the defining choices of our age.”

Mr. Malpass delivered the speech virtually at the London School of Economics; it was followed by a discussion with students, moderated by Baroness Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics.

 
 
 

From crisis to resilience: World Bank Group Spring Meetings to focus on helping countries build a green and resilient recovery

The lingering pandemic has dealt the global economy an unprecedented shock, and the recovery is likely to be slow and uneven. The current crisis is exacerbating inequalities throughout the world and, without access to vaccines, the gap will widen further.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 has made clear the need to establish a better way to handle the debt-financing needs of developing economies. And for a sustainable future, solutions are most urgently needed in developing countries, where the investment gap is deepest, and people are most disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis. So, what will it take to shape a resilient recovery that works for people and the planet?

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Spring Meetings 2021: Featured Speakers at the World Bank Group Events

 

The 2021 World Bank Group/IMF Spring Meetings bring together the world’s top policymakers, academics, civil society leaders, business and youth to discuss issues of global concern.

This year’s Spring Meetings events will be held in a virtual format on April 5-11. All events and programs will stream daily on live.worldbank.org. Replays of sessions will also be available the day they air. Here’s everything you need to learn how to follow our activities.

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SM15 Preview: Changing the Conversation on Development Finance

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | 19:00 – 20:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Group Headquarters, Preston Auditorium & Online

Follow the event on Twitter with #Fin4Dev

2015 is a landmark year that will define the global development agenda for the next 15 years. By year’s end, the world’s leaders are likely to adopt a new set of global development goals and reach a critical agreement on tackling climate change. Achieving both will require a paradigm shift in how development is financed.

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SM15 Preview: Harnessing Urbanization for Growth and Shared Prosperity in Africa

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | 15:00 – 16:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Headquarters, JB1-080 & Online

Follow the event on Twitter with #AfricaGrowthShare

Africa has grown more rapidly than any other region in the world with an additional 450 million people expected to move to Africa’s cities between 2010 and 2040. With the potential to grow, attract investments, be innovative and create more jobs, how can cities turn this rapid urbanization into a win-win?

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SM15 Preview: Water Security for All in a World of Scarcity

Update: Event now featuring the Netherlands Executive Director Frank Heemskerk!

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 19:30 – 21:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Group Headquarters, Preston Auditorium & Online

Follow the event with #WaterSec4all

Water security is emerging as the number one global risk in terms of development impact. While the impacts are felt most acutely in the arid, water scarce regions of the world, climate change and rapid urbanization have increased water scarcity for other regions, as well. Fast-growing cities in water-scarce environments are the most vulnerable.

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SM15 Preview: Building African Participation in Global Value Chains

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | 16:30 – 18:00 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Headquarters, JB1-080 & Online

Follow the event on Twitter by using #AfricaGrowthShare & #AfricaInvestor

African economies are experiencing a range of green-houseunprecedented challenges to their growth, competitiveness and opportunities for investment. Led by Africa Investor CEO Hubert Danso, a panel of global experts will explore how African companies and banks can work with governments, the World Bank and international companies to attract investment and mobilize capital in order to build African brands capable of creating jobs and increasing the continent’s role and influence on the global economic stage.

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SM15 Preview: Future of Food

Future of Food: A Conversation with Jim Yong Kim & David Chang

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 15:00 – 16:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: WBG Headquarters, Atrium & Online

  Join the conversation with @worldbanklive & #Food4All and follow @momofuku, @themadfeed, @chygovera, @Gastromotiva

People have different ideas about what the future of food will look like, but everyone can agree on what it should deliver: a food system that can feed everyone, every day, everywhere.

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SM15 Preview: The Power of Nutrition

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | 13:30 – 14:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Headquarters, Preston Auditorium & Online

Follow the event on Twitter with #PowerOfNutrition

The Power of Nutrition is a new innovative financing facility dedicated to unlocking up to $1 billion of new private and public financing to improve child nutrition.

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