Our 2019 Spring Meetings is just around the corner and it’s time to get organized. Mainstage speakers include representatives from top-notch institutions and organizations such as the United Nations, National Geographic, World Trade Organization, Bloomberg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others.
The Spring Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an event that brings together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.
This year's events will take place in Washington, D.C., April 8-14, 2019.
Learn about the new ambitious journey—a “moonshot” that will help countries accelerate progress by bringing high-speed connectivity to all. Listen to and engage with experts as they discuss the urgent need to put human capital at the heart of policy solutions. And discover what melting of the Himalayan glaciers, caused by climate change and black carbon from pollution, poses.
If you’re like those of us global development professionals, you’re anticipating meeting other peers who live and breathe ending poverty, attending some great sessions, and hearing some amazing speakers on the mainstage. You’re probably also looking through the schedule trying to figure out which sessions to attend or tune in.
We've got you covered!
To make that task just a little easier, here are three ways to follow what the #WBGMeetings has to offer.
As a strategic partner of the summit and the overall Urban 20 (U20) Initiative, the World Bank Group – including the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – is committed to helping global cities bring their expertise, needs, and voices to the center of global discussions on sustainable development.
1. Connectwith top development experts.
This year’s speakers, delegates and attendees include top thought leaders and experts who will share the best solutions for today’s global development issues.
Thousands of delegates from our member countries, observer organization representatives and members of the press attend the Meetings. Hundreds of accredited civil society members also participate in the Meetings. Don’t miss your chance to connect with them face-to-face or online.
If you're attending in person, stop by the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) to participate in an interactive installation to be shared on our World Bank Instagram feed or story on which you can chart your own path toward ending poverty. At the DMZ, you can also take a selfie or record a short video with our Twitter Mirror to be shared with our Twitter audience in English, French, Spanish or Arabic.
If you’re a journalist covering the Spring Meetings, the Press Lounge located at the World Bank Lobby would be your go-to zone to conduct interviews, connect, exchange information and get an inside look at what's new at the Meetings.
Looking for publications, look no more. The Spring Meetings bookstands will feature World Bank Group and IMF publications for sale. Click here for more information about the World Bank Group publications.
If you need a break, check our World Bank Group Visitor Center and get a hands-on experience with our top-notch Virtual and Augmented Reality tools that will show you the history of the World Bank Group and the work we do throughout the world.
2. Engage on social media.
We'll be live tweeting our World Bank Group events on our Twitter channels in English, Arabic, French and Spanish. Share, like and retweet!
Join the discussion and submit your questions and remarks for events speakers and experts to answer!
3. Watchonline if you can’t be at the Meetings in person.
We’ve got you covered with World Bank Live, the World Bank's digital platform for live-streaming and engaging with global audiences. Block out time now to watch our events live, and in case you miss it, you can still catch up with your favorite events on our events recap page or watch a replay. Don't forget to tune in to our Facebook Live interviews with top-notch global development influencers, as well as our short 60-second videos with experts sharing their knowledge on all things global development.
Here's a rundown of some of the events that we'll be live-streaming on World Bank Live. For more, view the full schedule and subscribe to our Global Newsletter! With our Live Blog, we are also bringing these activities closer to you, so you won't miss a thing! Bookmark, read, watch, share and come back for the recaps.
Investing in People: Power of the human capital
THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CASE FOR HUMAN CAPITAL INVESTMENTS
April 10, 2019 | 14:00 to 15:00 ET, 18:00 to 19:00 GMT | #InvestInPeople
BUILDING HUMAN CAPITAL IN AFRICA: THE FUTURE OF A GENERATION
April 11, 2019 | 9:30 to 11:00 ET, 13:30 to 15:00 GMT | #InvestInPeople
THE LEARNING REVOLUTION
April 12, 2019 | 14:30 to 16:00 ET, 18:30 to 20:00 GMT | #LearningRevolution
Power of Technology
WILL ROBOTS DISRUPT EAST ASIA’S DEVELOPMENT MODEL? TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE AND THE FUTURE OF JOBS IN THE REGION
April 11, 2019 | 9:30 to 11:00 ET, 13:30 to 15:00 GMT | #EmergingEastAsia
CAPITAL MARKET DEVELOPMENT AND THE FIN TECH REVOLUTION: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
April 11, 2019 | 13:00 to 14:30 ET, 17:00 to 18:30 GMT | #FintechRevolution
ALL AFRICA’S DIGITAL ECONOMY MOONSHOT
April 12, 2019 | 10:00 to 11:30 ET, 14:00 to 15:30 GMT
GOVTECH: A MAJOR OPPORTUNITY FOR SIMPLER, MORE EFFICIENT AND TRANSPARENT PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
April 13, 2019 | 11:00 to 12:30 ET, 15:00 to 16:30 GMT | #GovTech
Hai-Anh H. Dang
Fragility, Conflict and Violence
PREVENTING CONFLICT, PROMOTING PEACE
April 11, 2019 | 11:00 to 12:00 ET, 15:00 to 16:00 GMT | #dev4peace
DRIVING PRIVATE INVESTMENT TO FRAGILE SETTINGS
April 11, 2019 | 16:00 to 17:00 ET, 20:00 to 21:00 GMT | #InvestingFCS
BEYOND BORDERS: A LOOK AT THE VENEZUELAN EXODUS
April 12, 2019 | 16:00 to 17:00 ET, 20:00 to 21:00 GM | #VenezuelanExodus
STATE OF THE AFRICA REGION: THE ROLE OF REGIONAL COOPERATION IN TACKLING FRAGILITY
April 13, 2019 | 9:30 to 11:00 ET, 13:30 to 15:00 GMT | #AfricaSOR
Growth and Poverty
BEYOND UNCERTAINTY: LEVERAGING TRADE TO REDUCE POVERTY
April 10, 2019 | 15:30 to 16:30 ET, 19:30 to 20:30 GMT | #WBGTrade
ON THE MENU: CAN FOOD BE THE PLANET’S MEDICINE?
April 10, 2019 | 10:00 to 11:30 ET, 14:00 to 15:30 GMT | #FutureofFood
MAKING GROWTH WORK FOR THE POOR
April 12, 2019 | 12:00 to 13:00 ET, 16:00 to 17:00 GMT | #EndPoverty
FROM SOURCE TO SEA: INNOVATIVE WAYS TO TACKLE MARINE POLLUTION
April 11, 2019 | 14:30 to 16:00 ET, 18:30 to 20:00 GMT | #BeatPlasticPollution
MELTING HIMALAYAN GLACIERS: PEOPLE, ENVIRONMENT, ECONOMIES
April 12, 2019 | 10:30 to 12:00 ET, 14:30 to 16:00 GMT | #MeltingGlaciers
2018: A year of influence, impact and cooperation on global issues through social media In 2018, the themes of climate change, disruptive technology, and human capital were not only priorities for the World Bank Group, but for governments, private companies, and international organizations of all kinds.
DEVELOPMENT MARKETPLACE: INNOVATIONS TO ADDRESS GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
April 09, 2019 | 15:00 to 16:00 ET, 19:00 to 20:00 GMT | #GBVsolutions
BOOSTING GROWTH THROUGH DIVERSITY IN FINANCIAL LEADERSHIP
April 13, 2019 | 14:00 to 15:00 ET, 18:00 to 19:00 GMT | #DiversityInFinance
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