The World Bank – IMF Spring Meetings brought together world leaders from the UN, government, private sector and civil society to address the world’s most pressing and persistent challenges. We were there. Here is why and what happened.
UN-World Bank Partnership
On his first visit to Washington as United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres highlighted the continued importance of the UN-World Bank relationship.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 21, 2017
Secretary-General Guterres and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim unveiled a partnership framework to build resilience and sustain peace in conflict areas As laid out in a joint statement, the framework is in response to global calls for the two institutions to work more closely together on prevention and reducing needs, risks, and vulnerability as the world faces a spike in violent conflict. The two leaders discussed the UN-World Bank partnership earlier in the day at a flagship event: Financing for Peace: Innovations to Tackle Fragility.
UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed joined Christine Lagarde of the IMF and Winnie Byanyima of Oxfam for a high-level discussion of women’s economic empowerment. The Deputy Secretary-General said that while we know what the solutions look like, we will only realize them if women are involved in all levels of the decision making process. A video of the event is available here: Gender and Macroeconomics: What’s Next?
— UNIC Washington (@unicdc) April 20, 2017
The Deputy Secretary-General sat down with the World Bank on Facebook.
The Sustainable Development Goals
The President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, and UN Deputy Secretary-General Mohammed joined a discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals. The event, Implementing the 2030 Agenda: From Commitment to Action, covered a wide range of issues including private sector involvement, data collection and financing. The World Bank highlighted the SDG Atlas, which measures the progress societies are making towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Photos from the World Bank – IMF Spring Meetings
Public events with senior UN officials