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Friday Roundup: From Poverty to Prosperity, Risk & Opportunity, MDGs Beyond 2015 & World Bank-IMF 2013 Annual Meetings

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As the World Bank Group-IMF Annual Meetings unfold, the two organizations have been buzzing with activity - a lot of which has revolved around themes discussed on Let's Talk Development in the past few months.

Most visibly, President Jim Yong Kim has laid out his vision for the future of the World Bank Group.  Kim has given over this week numerous speeches and views on the two goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity, including a stated target of reducing extreme poverty to 9% by 2020.  See Kim, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, South Africa Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Chief Economist Kaushik Basu and the IDB's Santiago Levy discuss their thoughts in a panel titled 'From Poverty to Shared Prosperity.'

The World Development Report on Risk and Opportunity was launched earlier in the week, and urges that countries shift from being 'crisis fighters' to 'proactive and systematic risk managers.' Watch a panel discussion on Risk and Opportunity, moderated by Financial Times Associate Editor, Gillian Tett.

The role of data in helping achieve the MDGs beyond 2015 was discussed in a panel moderated by Special Envoy to the President, Mahmoud Mohieldin, to a full house yesterday. Watch the discussion here.

Finally, President Kim reported this morning on the World Bank Group’s progress and plans for next year at the plenary session of the Annual Meetings, saying things are no longer business as usual. Watch the Webcast here.

To see the full Program of Seminars and all the Bank's Live Webcasts, visit these links:

World Bank-IMF 2013 Annual Meetings - http://www.imf.org/external/am/2013/index.htm
World Bank Live - http://live.worldbank.org/

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