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October 05, 2020

Add to Calendar 2020-10-05 08:00 2020-10-05 09:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - The Pandemic Response: Building a Resilient and Inclusive Recovery

Ahead of the World Bank Group-IMF Annual Meetings, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management will host World Bank Group President David Malpass who will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people and the challenge of building a resilient and inclusive global recovery.

The event will be introduced by Germany’s Bundesbank President Dr. Jens Weidmann and include a conversation between President Malpass and Professor Nils Stieglitz, President and Managing Director of Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

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October 13, 2020

Add to Calendar 2020-10-13 10:00 2020-10-13 11:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - Civil Society Townhall with World Bank Group President David Malpass

Join World Bank Group President David Malpass for the first virtual Civil Society Townhall, as he engages with representatives of Civil Society Organizations from around the world. He will discuss with civil society a wide range of development topics that focus on the Bank’s reenergized efforts to ensure resilient recovery, protect human capital, secure financial stability, and promote sustainable economic growth during the times of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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October 13, 2020 | 10:00 ET, 14:00 GMT

Civil Society Townhall with President David Malpass

Add to Calendar 2020-10-13 12:00 2020-10-13 13:30 America/New_York World Bank Live - Defusing Debt - Creating Comprehensive Solutions

On the eve of the COVID-19 outbreak, public debt burdens were already substantial in many emerging and developing economies. Now, the pandemic has only aggravated the situation, raising concerns about debt sustainability in many lower-income countries and creating the need for a coordinated effort to strengthen debt restructuring processes. 

This event will bring together a diverse group of experts—representing the perspectives of governments, private creditors, and debt-restructuring experts—to address three key questions: 1) How can private creditors contribute effectively to debt restructurings? 2) What are the new challenges that have made sovereign debt workouts more cumbersome and difficult to achieve? 3) What are the key elements of a comprehensive solution to these problems?

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Oct 13th, 2020 | 12pm ET / 16:00 GMT

Defusing Debt - Creating Solutions


October 14, 2020

Add to Calendar 2020-10-14 11:00 2020-10-14 11:30 America/New_York World Bank Live - 2020 Annual Meetings Opening Press Conference

World Bank Group President David Malpass will address the press during the World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund 2020 Virtual Annual Meetings. He will share his views on the key outcomes from the Development Committee, as well as the G7 and G20 discussions. He will also report on the World Bank Group's response to the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This year, due to the coronavirus, the Management of the IMF and World Bank Group and their Executive Boards are adapting the 2020 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings to a virtual format. 

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October 14, 2020 | 11:00 ET, 15:00 GMT

2020 Annual Meetings Opening Press Conference

Add to Calendar 2020-10-14 12:00 2020-10-14 13:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - A Sustainable Recovery for People and Planet

The COVID-19 pandemic has destroyed lives, livelihoods and economies. It has also demonstrated the interconnectedness of our natural, human and physical capital. How can countries bring about recoveries that benefit people and planet? What investments today can unlock short term gains – jobs and economic growth – as well as deliver the benefits of resilience, decarbonization, cleaner air and water, healthier oceans, and more sustainable food and agriculture systems.

This event will look at how countries can best incorporate climate, nature and social inclusion in their stimulus packages and recovery plans. It will also look ahead to next year’s COP26, along with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), when new targets for the conservation, sustainable use and sharing of benefits from biodiversity will be decided. 

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October 14, 2020 | 12:00 ET, 16:00 GMT

A Sustainable Recovery for People and Planet


October 15, 2020

Add to Calendar 2020-10-15 05:30 2020-10-15 05:30 America/New_York World Bank Live - 2020 Annual Meetings Plenary Speeches

World Bank Group President David Malpass and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva speak at the October 15th plenary session of the Annual Meetings in Washington, DC.

Note: The speeches will be available on demand after the first showing at 5:30 am ET.

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October 15, 2020 | 5:30 ET, 09:30 GMT

2020 Annual Meetings Plenary Speeches

Add to Calendar 2020-10-15 12:00 2020-10-15 13:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - Protect & Invest in People: Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19

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COVID-19 risks wiping out a decade of human capital gains. As countries respond to the pandemic, how can governments continue to deliver essential services such as health, education, and social protection to support a more inclusive and resilient recovery?

Join us as we explore these challenges and share ideas on how to protect human capital; safeguard the vulnerable; improve remote learning to ensure no child is left behind; deliver vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to those who need them most; and strengthen health systems for a more resilient future.   

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Oct 15th, 2020 | 12pm ET / 16:00 GMT

Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19


October 16, 2020

Add to Calendar 2020-10-16 10:00 2020-10-16 10:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - Closing the Digital Divide

Digital technologies have become vital. In times of crisis, from natural disasters to pandemics, digital connectivity is what’s keeping people, governments, and businesses connected. Yet half of the world’s population is still without internet access, with the vast majority concentrated in developing countries.

On October 16, join global leaders and private sector innovators as they discuss new ways to accelerate digital access and create ubiquitous, affordable, and reliable connectivity for all—watch live, share your ideas, and be part of the conversation! 

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October 16, 2020 | 10:00 ET, 14:00 GMT

Closing the Digital Divide


October 17, 2020

Add to Calendar 2020-10-17 10:00 2020-10-17 11:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - End Poverty Day 2020: Surmounting Setbacks

On End Poverty Day, we’re highlighting the urgency of fighting global poverty, particularly in light of the setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 edition of the biennial flagship Poverty and Shared Prosperity report provides sobering new numbers about how far we are from achieving the goal of ending poverty. This year – for the first time in over two decades – the extreme poverty rate will rise, reversing a trend that has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty.

Join us and our team of distinguished panelists on this End Poverty Day and seize the opportunity to accelerate action toward the goal of a resilient recovery post-COVID 19. We’ll explore the obstacles to poverty reduction, including conflict and climate change, and focus on the path ahead for developing countries, emphasizing the urgent need for both the public and private sectors to initiate a long-term approach to the recovery. 

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October 17, 2020 | 10:00 ET, 14:00 GMT

End Poverty Day 2020: Surmounting Setbacks