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Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2019 Multilateralism: Past, Present, and Future

June 17, 2019 | 9:15 ET, 13:15 GMT
to June 18, 2019 | 10:30 ET, 14:30 GMT

Preston Auditorium, World Bank HQ, Washington DC

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The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), organized by the World Bank’s Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency, is one of the world's best-known series of conferences to present and discuss new knowledge on development. The conference aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge knowledge among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners.

The theme of this year’s conference was on "Multilateralism: Past, Present, and Future.

The 2019 ABCDE conference was part of the events scheduled to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods conference.

It took place on June 17–18, 2019.

Watch the reply of the following sessions that were livestreamed:

Welcome Remarks by Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg, Chief Economist, World Bank Group

Opening Remarks by David Malpass, World Bank Group President

Keynote Address 1: Strategic Rivalry and the Future of the World Bank by Ngaire Woods, Oxford University

Historian Talk: Bretton Woods @75 by Benn Steil, Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations)

Keynote Address 2: Multilateral Supply of Global Public Goods: Success, Failures and the Reasons for Both by Scott Barrett, Columbia University

Keynote Address 3: Putting Global Governance in its Place by Dani Rodrik, Harvard University



President, World Bank Group

Albert O. Hirschman Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University

Dean Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

Vice Dean, School of International and Public Affairs and Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Columbia University

Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations

Chief Economist, World Bank Group