Spring Meetings 2021: World Bank Group Events' Live Updates

From April 5 to 11, watch our events online & engage with top development experts.

11:30 AM ET: Decarbonizing key sectors

The event, Key Green Transitions: How Systems Are Changing for People and Planet centered on the need to decarbonize key sectors of the economy that account for more than 90% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including energy, transport and food systems. 

The event brought together ministers, CEOs, young leaders and civil society representatives to discuss solutions and the priorities for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.

Solutions are most urgently needed in developing countries, where the investment gap is deepest and people are most disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.

“To deliver impact, the [World Bank Group] will prioritize transitions and key systems, use its convening power to support a just transition out of coal, and …  become aligned with the principles and goals of the Paris Agreement,” said World Bank Group President David Malpass.

Already the largest multilateral provider of climate finance for developing countries, the Bank Group will increase climate finance to 35% of overall financing under a new Climate Change Action Plan.

11:25 AM: ET Changing Course on Climate: The Green Transitions Needed for People and Planet

Everyone should be able to live a sustainable life on a healthy planet. But the last six years have been the hottest on record. Record-breaking wildfires, droughts, floods and hurricanes have taken lives, damaged homes, hospitals and businesses. Meanwhile, COVID-19 took a heavy health and economic toll and pushed  millions into  extreme poverty.

How can we change course?

As countries renew their commitments to the Paris Agreement ahead of a pivotal November meeting in Glasgow, keeping global temperature rise to well below 2°C will require coordinated global action at an unprecedented scale and speed.

“The science is coming back at us stronger, harder, bigger, faster, and it's telling us that we are running out of time,” said John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change, at an April 8 virtual event during the World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings.

10:10 AM ET: Today's program speakers

David R. Malpass | President, World Bank Group | @DavidMalpassWBG

John Kerry | United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate | @ClimateEnvoy

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Minister of Finance, Indonesia

Shemara Wikramanayake| Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie Group | @Macquarie

Prince William | The Duke of Cambridge | @KensingtonRoyal

Malik Amin Aslam | Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Pakistan | @aminattock

Damilola Ogunbiyi CEO of SEforALL and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All | @DamilolaSDG7

Lucy Heintz | Partner and Energy Fund Manager, Actis | @ActisLLP

Claudia Dobles Camargo | First Lady of the Republic of Costa Rica | @ClaudiaDobles

Yasmine Fouad | Minister of Environment, Arabic Republic of Egypt | @EGY_Environment

Brian Arbogast | Director of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation| @bearbogast

Gunhild Stordalen | Founder and Executive Chair, EAT | @G_stordalen

Sulton Rakhimzoda | Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving Aral Sea (EC IFAS)

Agnes Kalibata | Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit | @Agnes_Kalibata

Alok Sharma | COP26 President | @AlokSharma_RDG

Rajiv Shah | President, The Rockefeller Foundation | @rajshah

Kitty van der Heijden | Director General for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands | @KittyvdHeijden

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr | Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone | @yakisawyerr

Norbert Barthle | Parliamentary State Secretary, BMZ, Germany | @BMZ_Bund

Ahmed Badr | Founder of Narratio, Connect4Climate Youth Ambassador | @uBadr

Salina Abraham | Strategic Advisor at the Global Landscapes Forum, Connect4Climate Youth Ambassador | @salina_abrah

10:00 AM ET: Are you ready for our third event on climate?

At 11am ET, our third flagship event begins on Key Green Transitions: How Systems Are Changing for People and Planet. Panelists will discuss solutions sectors, highlight key priorities for COP26, and look at what it will take to shape a resilient recovery that works for people and planet. 

Join us and ask your questions in the live chat for a chance to see them answered LIVE from our World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC after the event! 

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11:30 AM ET: [LIVE NOW] 2021 Spring Meetings Opening Press Conference

World Bank Group President David Malpass addresses the press during the World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund 2021 Virtual Spring Meetings. He will share his views on the key outcomes from the Development Committee, as well as the G20 discussions. He will also report on the World Bank Group's response to the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

10:35 AM ET: Vote!

10:30 AM ET: Social media roundup

10:05 AM ET: Today's program speakers

David R. Malpass | President, World Bank Group | @DavidMalpassWBG 

Carmen M. Reinhart | Vice President and World Bank Group Chief Economist | @carmenmreinhart 

Julie Monaco | Managing Director, Citi  

Vera Esperança dos Santos Daves De Sousa | Finance Minister, Angola 

Kevin Watkins Chief Executive, Save the Children | @KevinAtSave 

K.Y. Amoako | President of the African Center for Economic Transformation | @KYAmoako 

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Economic Recovery: Full Conversation with David Malpass, Kristalina Georgieva, and Janet Yellen

12:50 PM ET: Get ready to tune in for our first event on economic recovery! 

In just 10 minutes, we kick off our first flagship event, Economic Recovery: Toward a Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Future. This event will focus on economic recovery through three broad lenses: sustainability, resilience and innovation, and inclusion.   

Make sure to tune in a little before 1pm ET for the start of our live show this week! We’ll be bringing you the four flagship events on economic recovery, debt, climate, and vaccines, and speaking with some expert guests along the way. You can also find ways to engage with us throughout the show and take polls, quizzes, and everything else our virtual, interactive Meetings have to offer.  

Don’t miss it! It all starts in just under 10 minutes! 

10:00 AM ET: Today’s Speakers  

David R. Malpass | President, World Bank Group | @DavidMalpassWBG 

Kristalina Georgieva  | Managing Director, International Monetary Fund | @KGeorgieva 

Janet Yellen | U.S. Secretary of the Treasury | @SecYellen 

Karim El Aynaoui | President, Policy Center for the New South | @PolicyCenterNS 

Swietenia Puspa Lestari | Co-Founder and Executive Director, Divers Clean Action | @diverscleanact 

Rania Al-Mashat | Minister of International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt | @RaniaAlMashat 

Sola David-Borha | Chief Executive for Africa Regions, Standard Bank Group | @SolaDavidBorha 

Ajaita Shah | Founder/CEO of Frontier Markets and the President of Frontier Innovations Foundation | Ajaita Shah 

Lindsay Coates | BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative, Managing Director | @lindsaycoates 

Gonzalo Hernandez Licona | Director of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network | @GHLicona 

Vongsey Vissoth | Cambodia’s Permanent Secretary of State 

Melinda Gates | Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | @melindagates 

Somi Kakoma | 2021 Grammy-nominated Vocalist, Composer, and Writer | @somimusic 

9:25 AM ET: Join the LIVE after-show chat

Don’t miss the LIVE after-show chat with Manuela Ferro, VP of Operations Policy and Country Services and Makhtar Diop, IFC's Managing Director. They will be answering your questions! 

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Speakers

David R. Malpass, President of the World Bank Group

President, World Bank Group

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

Vice President and World Bank Group Chief Economist

Vice President and World Bank Group Chief Economist

John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

Managing Director of Operations, World Bank

Executive Director, UNICEF

Managing Director, Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank

Director-General, World Health Organization

Portrait of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)

Director General, World Trade Organization

Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Duke of Cambridge

United Kingdom  Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive, Save the Children

Chief Executive, Save the Children

Julie Monaco, Managing Director, Citi

Managing Director, Citi

Karim El Aynaoui, President, Policy Center for the New South

President, Policy Center for the New South

Ajaita Shah, Founder/CEO of Frontier Markets and the President of Frontier Innovations Foundation

Founder/CEO of Frontier Markets and the President of Frontier Innovations Foundation

Lindsay Coates, BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative, Managing Director

BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative, Managing Director

Vongsey Vissoth, Cambodia’s Permanent Secretary of State

Cambodia’s Permanent Secretary of State

Somi Kakoma, 2021 Grammy-nominated Vocalist, Composer, and Writer

2021 Grammy-nominated Vocalist, Composer, and Writer

K.Y. Amoako, President of the African Center for Economic Transformation

President of the African Center for Economic Transformation

Shemara Wikramanayake, Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie Group

Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie Group

Malik Amin Aslam, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Pakistan

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Pakistan

Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy

CEO of SEforALL and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All

Lucy Heintz, Partner and Energy Fund Manager, Actis

Partner and Energy Fund Manager, Actis

Gloria Hutt, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Chile

Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Chile

Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Arabic Republic of Egypt

Minister of Environment, Arabic Republic of Egypt

Brian Arbogast, Director of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Director of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Gunhild Stordalen, Founder and Executive Chair, EAT

Founder and Executive Chair, EAT

Sulton Rakhimzoda, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving Aral Sea (EC IFAS)

Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving Aral Sea (EC IFAS)

Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit

Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit

Alok Sharma, COP26 President

COP26 President

Ahmed Badr, Founder of Narratio, Connect4Climate Youth Ambassador

Founder of Narratio, Connect4Climate Youth Ambassador

Makhtar Diop, Managing Director and Executive Vice President, IFC

Managing Director and Executive Vice President, IFC

Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Esperanza Martinez, Head of COVID-19 Crisis Management, ‎International Committee of the Red Cross

Head of COVID-19 Crisis Management, ‎International Committee of the Red Cross

Gro H. Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway; Former Director-General, World Health Organization

Former Prime Minister of Norway; Former Director-General, World Health Organization

Gwen Hines, Executive Director of Global Programmes, Save the Children UK

Executive Director of Global Programmes, Save the Children UK

Petit Tonton, artist

Artist

Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt

Minister of International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt

Gonzalo Hernandez Licona

Director of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network

Sola David-Borha, Chief Executive for Africa Regions, Standard Bank Group

Chief Executive for Africa Regions, Standard Bank Group

Richard Hatchett, CEO, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

CEO, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

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