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.

Melumzi Nontangana
July 28, 2020

It is time for action. The policies may not be perfect nor is the funding enough, but time for talking has expired. Now we need action, how ever small.

Růžena Svedelius DrAgr
October 15, 2020

Sustainable agriculture is possible only when everything originating in plants, animals and microorganisms is managed sustainably. Lack of sustainable methods and local systems causes costly pollution and losses. Particularly unsustainable management of organic waste should be made sustainable as soon as possible.
For information:
In June 2020, a brochure "Profitability in the right way" was presented for Region Scania in Sweden and is available in Swedish at….
and Closing the Loops "from soil to soil" is available at….
Best regards

Antonio J Colon
January 25, 2021

The World Bank should foster the integration to new technologies. If it is not done, new technologies will not emerge from the lab into mainstream. This result in controlling the narrative by companies with unlimited resources that will concentrate only in changing technologies and infrastructure. There are capexless improvement technologies like ours that could be deployed immediately. We are currently negotiating with countries in Africa to deploy these technologies.