Reflections on shaping a sustainable recovery


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The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the strong links between human, animal and planetary health. Meanwhile, natural disasters, ecosystem loss and other climate shocks will not stop during the COVID-19 response and recovery phases. What we do today will determine how well we handle future risks and shocks. As governments take urgent action and lay the foundations for their financial, economic, and social recovery, they have a unique opportunity to create economies that are more sustainable, inclusive and resilient. 

Here are reflections from the World Bank on what it will take to respond to this challenge and lay the foundations for facing the next one:


Hear from Mari Pangestu, Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank, on how the Bank Group is helping countries build back better from the coronavirus and how can this effort also help tackle climate change.


Hear from Juergen Voegele, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank, on how the Sustainable Development team is supporting countries as they respond to the current crisis. 


Hear from Bernice van Bronkhorst, Global Director of Climate Change, World Bank, on what the World Bank’s climate expertise has to offer countries as they start to rebuild their economies.


Hear from Alzbeta Klein, Director and Global Head of Climate Business, IFC, on what the IFC – and particularly its private sector partners – see as the main opportunities to ensure a sustainable recovery.


Hear from John Roome, Regional Director, South Asia Sustainable Development, World Bank Group, on how the Bank’s efforts on sustainable recovery taking shape in the countries he works in.


Mari Elka Pangestu

World Bank Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships

Juergen Voegele

Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank

Bernice Van Bronkhorst

Global Director, Climate Change, Sustainable Development Practice Group

John Roome

Regional Director, South Asia Sustainable Development

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