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2022 WBG YOUTH SUMMIT

Unlocking the Power of Inclusion for Equitable Growth

May 26 - 27th, 2022 
07:30 AM EDT (local time)

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Join Us for the 2022 World Bank Group Youth Summit

The World Bank Group (WBG) Youth Summit is the largest youth worldwide annual gathering at the WBG to engage with each other globally on the most pressing issues facing our generation. Our mission is to empower youth to explore innovative ideas that tackle development challenges and promote dialogue between youth, the WBG and key stakeholders.

This year’s theme “Unlocking the Power of Inclusion for Equitable Growth” is dedicated to exploring how a broader and more diverse set of solutions can foster Environmental, Social and Economic inclusion, to help people reach their productive potential and offer a compelling opportunity for growth and development. Get ready for a two-day experience including pitch competition, case challenge, keynotes and plenaries, music, art and more!

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Important: The 2022 World Bank Group Youth Summit is a hybrid event that will be held both virtually and in person, in Washington DC, on May 26 and 27. Only the main sessions will be streamed on World Bank Live. Register now to access all the online sessions of the 2022 World Bank Group Youth Summit. 

Find out more about the event, including the full program of sessions.

Day 1 - Thursday, May 26

TIME (EDT)

SESSION

PLATFORM

7:00 am
7:45 am  

Networking: Check in and meet your fellow delegates

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7:45 am
8:00 am

Opening Ceremony

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8:00 am
8:05 am

Opening remarks by the World Bank Group President 

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8:05 am
8:15 am

Introduction to the 2022 Youth Summit Theme by the WBG Youth Summit Manager

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8:15 am
8:45 am

Fireside Chat I - What does a Green, Resilient & Inclusive Equitable Growth mean?   


The World Bank Group’s crisis response has helped countries save lives and livelihoods threatened by COVID-19 while starting to build the foundation for a durable and robust recovery in a world transformed by the pandemic. To achieve this inclusive recovery, the WBG and the IMF agreed on a joint framework for all operations towards attaining a more Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Development (GRID). This fireside chat will reveal what long-horizon GRID strategies are needed to repair the structural damage caused by COVID-19 and accelerate climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts while restoring momentum on poverty reduction and shared prosperity.

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8:45 am
9:45 am

Plenary Session I - The Diversity and Inclusion Revolution


There is no Diversity without Inclusion, and the cost of Exclusion has impacts that cut across all sectors. Often, minorities and members of underserved communities, including women, Indigenous People, members of the LGBTQ+ community, the youth, and those living with disabilities, suffer the effects of Exclusion. This plenary session will discuss the challenges of achieving inclusive and diverse solutions in the social, economic, and environmental sectors and how these three components are intertwined to work together to achieve equitable growth. Most importantly, the session will focus on the youth's pivotal role as agents of change.

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9:45 am
10:00am

Break 

 
10:00 am
11:00 am

Activity for Delegates not Participating in the Case Challenge: The importance of a social, economic, and environmental inclusion for equitable growth 


Have you ever thought of making an impactful change in your community? Join this activity and learn from young specialists at the WBG on how development projects impact inclusive development. During this activity, you will be able to interact with experts at the WBG and address real-life projects and solutions focusing on Environmental, Economic, and Social Inclusion aligned with the 2022 Youth Summit Inclusion for Equitable Growth Solutions Case Challenge. 

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11:00 am
11:30 am

Breakout Session I for Case Challenge Delegates: Introduction to the Inclusion for Equitable Growth Solutions Case Challenge


The Case Challenge Delegates will be introduced to the Inclusion for Equitable Growth Solutions Case Challenge. Over the course of the Summit, participants will gain real time experience in a team-based, simulated scenario identifying key challenges and opportunities in tackling issues of inclusion for equitable growth. Through facilitated working sessions led by leading development practitioners, the participants will work with their peers to develop and present their solutions at the conclusion of the Summit. The Case Challenge will provide a unique opportunity to demonstrate delegates' knowledge, problem-solving skills, and creativity while co-creating and networking with their peers and experts in the field.

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11:00 am
11:30 am

Fireside Chat II - The role of social media in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  


The powerful role of social media in today's world cannot be understated. From business, entertainment, politics, education, sports, healthcare to medicine, social media has proven useful in several ways. Yet, issues around inclusivity, accessibility, and diversity remain controversial on social media. This discussion aims to understand reasons for this, and the critical role social media can play through long-term strategies for diversity, equity, and inclusion, such as representation, language sensitivity, cultural appreciation, etc.

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TIME (EDT)

SESSION

PLATFORM

12:00 pm
1:00 pm

Plenary Session II – Unleashing the Power of Social Inclusion


Social inclusion is the process of improving the terms on which individuals and groups take part in society. The current COVID-19 pandemic has put the spotlight on deep rooted systemic inequalities, especially for underserved groups such as persons with disabilities, women, unemployed youth, sexual and gender minorities, the elderly, indigenous peoples, and ethnic and racial minorities. In this Session, you will be able to listen to experts in the field on how to best address social exclusion, its costs, and the challenges of this in achieving equitable growth. 

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1:10 pm
2:15 pm

Activity for Delegates not Participating in the Case Challenge: The Digital Development Agenda in Achieving Equitable Growth  


Technology offers great advantages, greater access to information, cost reduction in the labor sector, better connectivity between people, etc. However, digitalization is not happening equally worldwide and has caused an imbalance known as the digital gap. Over time, the gap keeps widening, leaving women, emerging nations, and many others economically disadvantaged. Digital illiteracy is a form of exclusion. During this activity, participants will be immersed in the role of the digital agenda towards closing social and economic gaps within society and engage in conversations with representatives from tech companies as they speak on their Social Inclusion Agendas towards advancing towards a more equitable society.  

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1:00 pm
2:15 pm

Breakout Session II for Case Challenge Delegates: Work in a team!


Hands-on! Think inclusively and with an open mind. What’s the main challenges of achieving social, economic, environmental inclusion in your region? What are the best ways to achieve an equitable and inclusive economy for all?

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2:15 pm
2:30 pm

Break

 

2:30 pm
3:30 pm

Career Development (World Bank Group / UN / IMF)

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3:30 pm
4:30 pm

Breakout Session III for Case Challenge Delegates: Work in a team!


Wrap it up! How did your team consolidate all ideas to leverage inclusive solutions to real-life projects? Have you considered the challenges/limitations facing in your chosen project? What’s your value-added and comparative advantage towards other existent solutions? Are you being inclusive enough? This is the final moment to put together your creative solution to present to the Jury panel within the regional group.

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3:30 pm
4:30 PM

Y20 Indonesia


For virtual and in person participants, a cohort of the Y20 Indonesia will lead a conversation and interactive activities around the topic of Diversity and Inclusion and the upcoming Y20 that will be held in Indonesia.

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4:30 pm
5:30 pm

Networking/In person Marketplace

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Day 2 - Friday, May 27

TIME (EDT)

SESSION

PLATFORM

7:00 am
7: 45 am  

Networking: Check in and exchange ideas with your fellow delegates

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7:45 am
8:00 am 

Opening of Day 2 – Welcome and rundown of the activities of Day 2 by the Master of Ceremony 

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8:00 am
9:00 am 

Plenary Session III - Building an Equitable Economy for all 

Amid exceptional uncertainty, communities worldwide keep recovering from the economic impacts that the pandemic COVID-19 has left. The hit of this crisis has exacerbated inequalities mainly for the most vulnerable countries. Join this session and explore how equitable economic development unlocks the full potential of people, nations, and local economies through the dismantling of barriers and creating opportunities such as jobs, skill training, increase in entrepreneurship, and community-wealth generation, focusing on rebuilding human resources capital development skills amongst marginalized groups. 

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9: 00 am
9:30 am

Fireside Chat III- Youth Participation in the Creative Economy towards Achieving Equitable Growth

Digital platforms connect artists in all disciplines with global audiences, driving growth in emerging economies by bridging the gap between world markets and their local talent. During this fireside chat, you will take part in a conversation on how youth participation is crucial in the Creative Economy towards achieving a more inclusive equitable growth by supporting cultural wealth, mobilizing social change and providing jobs for young people. 

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9:30 am
09:40 am

Break

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9:40 am
10:50 am  

Activity for Delegates not Participating in the Case Challenge: Youth Spotlight: A conversation with young changemakers

Dare to be inspired? A series of short, dynamic talks given by young changemakers and innovators focusing on their experience on inclusion and highlighting their efforts for green, inclusive, and resilient equitable growth.

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9:40 am
10:50 am 

Breakout Session IV for Case Challenge Delegates: First Round of Presentation

Time’s up! Now is the time for you to present your team’s innovative and inclusive solutions to the Regional Group’s Jury Panels! One winner within each Regional Group (7 in total) will be selected to proceed to the Final Round.

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10:50 am
11: 50 am

Plenary Session IV - Addressing the Necessity & Urgency for Environmental Inclusion 

Although 15% of the world’s disadvantaged are indigenous people and ‘70% of the 1.3 billion people living in conditions of poverty are women’, their plight is usually ignored in tackling climate change. Women and indigenous people are more likely to bear the direct consequences of climate change, based on their reliance on the environment and its resources. Climate change aggravates the existing difficulties they are exposed to such as, political, and economic marginalization, loss of land and resources, human rights violations, discrimination, and unemployment. This panel discussion will focus on the importance of minorities inclusion in the environmental movement, discuss the unequal impacts of climate change and how to prioritize equity in climate action

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TIME (EDT)

SESSION

PLATFORM

12:30 pm
2:00 pm

Live Presentation by Competition Finalists 


Listen to the inspiring five final teams of the 2022 WBG Youth Summit Competition live to pitch their innovative ideas. Beginning this summer with almost 1,000 proposals, five finalist teams have made it into the 2022 WBG Youth Summit Competition final round. No one is better placed than young people to innovate and overcome the obstacles faced in an era of fast-paced, technology-driven change. So, this year’s competition challenged young social entrepreneurs to submit innovative proposals for scalable enterprises that leverage social inclusion, environmental inclusion and/or economic inclusion as the driver for equitable growth.

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2:00 pm
2:15 pm

Break

 

2:15 pm
3:45 pm 

Final Round of Presentation of the Case Challenge

All seven winners from the First-Round presentation will present their solutions again. This time, you will present to all participants of the WBG Youth Summit. All voting powers will belong to the audience, and they will decide the final winner of the 2022 Youth Summit Case Challenge. For those not participating in case challenges, join to watch the creative solutions created by the challenge delegates and vote for the “best” solution toward inclusive growth.

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3:45 pm
4:00 pm

Break

 

4:00 pm
4:15 pm

World Bank Group Pitch Competition Award Ceremony

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4:15 pm
4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

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4:30 pm
5:00 pm  

Concert and Artistic Presentations

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5:00 pm
6:30 pm 

Networking

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