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2014 Annual Meetings Guide to Webcast Events

How can economic growth benefit more people? What will it take to double the share of renewables in the global energy mix? Will the world have enough food for everyone by 2050? You can hear what experts have to say on these topics and others, ask questions, and weigh in at more than 20 webcast events from Oct. 7 to 11. That's when thousands of development leaders gather in Washington for the World Bank-International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings. Several events will be live-blogged or live-tweeted in multiple languages. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter with #wblive and other hashtags connected to events. We’ve compiled a sampling of events and hashtags below.  Check out the full schedule or download the Annual Meetings app for Apple devices and Android smartphones.

Tuesday, Oct. 7


World Bank Group Youth Summit 2014: The Need for Open & Responsive Governments
The second annual Youth Summit explores how young people can help make governments more open.  9 am -1 pm ET (13:00–17:00 GMT) #wbgyouthsummit

Latin America: Will Slower Growth Increase Inequality?
How can countries promote economic growth that guarantees universal access to quality public services?  World Bank Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean Augusto de la Torre addresses this and other questions. 12-1 pm ET (16:00 – 17:00 GMT) #Perspectivas2014 & #LaDesigualdadEs

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Building Shared Prosperity in an Unequal World
Influential Chinese talk show host and media entrepreneur Yang Lan sits down with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and Chief Economist Kaushik Basu for a conversation about reducing the gap between the haves and have-nots.  In Arabic, English, French, Spanish, and Chinese. 10 -11 am ET (14:00–15:00 GMT) #endpoverty

Yang Lan
Yang Lan

Building a Global Coalition for Youth Employment
Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and a panel of ministers, officials and private sector representatives unveil a global initiative to addresses the pervasive challenge of youth employment and underemployment. 12-1:15 pm ET (16:00-17:15 GMT) #jobs4youth

Making Extractive Industries’ Wealth Work for the Poor
Join a discussion on channeling revenues from extractive industries—oil, gas and mining—to end poverty through diversified growth and development.  In Arabic, English, French, Spanish.  2 pm-3:30 pm ET (18:00–19:30 GMT) #extractives

Global Monitoring Report 2014: MDGs, the Twin Goals and Inclusive Growth
The World Bank’s progress report on the Millennium Development Goals informs a panel discussion on investing in human capital, social safety nets and green growth. 3:30 pm-4:30 pm ET (19:30–0:30 GMT) #endpoverty

Civil Society Townhall 2014
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde discuss economic and development challenges with civil society representatives. 5-6 pm ET (21:00-22:00 GMT) #AMCSO14

Thursday, Oct. 9
Impact of the Ebola Crisis: A Perspective from the Countries
Leaders discuss how to accelerate an end to the epidemic. The panel includes Guinea President Alpha Condé, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,.and David Nabarro, Senior UN System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease. 7:30 -9 am ET (11:30 – 13:00 GMT) #EbolaResponse

2014 Annual Meetings Press Briefing: World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim
The World Bank Group president addresses the press on the eve of the Annual Meetings. 9-10 am ET (13:00–14:00 GMT) #wblive

Africa: Sharing Economic Growth Broadly: New Challenges for the Continent
High-level policymakers discuss how  economic growth can benefit broad segments of their societies. 9 -11 am ET (13:00-15:00 GMT) #wblive

Measuring Poverty and Prosperity
Experts debate the options for accurately measuring progress on the twin goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity. 12:30-2 pm ET (16:30–18:00 GMT) #endpoverty

Transforming Economies to Benefit the Poor: The Complementary Roles of the Public and Private Sectors for Inclusive Growth
UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and other speakers from the private sector and national governments discuss how economic growth can benefit more people. 2-3 pm ET (18:00–19:00 GMT) #wblive

Jobs, Growth and Shared Prosperity
Tune in to a discussion on how to create more and better jobs, particularly for vulnerable groups such as women and youth. 3:30-5:00 pm ET (19:30-21:00 GMT) #wblive

Cities and Citizens
Cities and Citizens: Game Changers for Inclusive Development
Development leaders discuss the transformative power of inclusive institutions and citizen engagement for enhancing accountability and improving public services for the poor. In Arabic, English and Spanish.  4-5:30 pm ET (20:00–21:30 GMT) #cities4all

Friday, Oct. 10

2014 Annual Meetings Plenary
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim reports on the Bank Group’s progress and plans for next year. 9-10 am ET (13:00–14:00 GMT) #wblive

Financing Development Post-2015: Towards a Shared Vision
High-level representatives of government ministries, United Nations, private sector and others discuss how to finance future global development goals. 11 am-1 pm ET (15:00 – 17:00 GMT) #wblive

Food for the Future: Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change
How will we feed 9 billion people by 2050, in the face of environmental challenges? Hear from a high-level expert panel on how a move toward climate-smart agriculture, more integrated landscapes and seascapes, and more sustainable supply chains can help ensure food for the future. 12:30-1:45 pm ET (16:30-17:45 GMT) #food4future

Rising to the Renewable Energy Challenge
Ed Crooks, energy Editor of the Financial Times, moderates a discussion on what governments, businesses and development partners need to do to shift the needle on renewables while balancing environmental and equity issues. In English and Spanish. 12:30 -2 pm ET (16:30–18:00 GMT) #wblive
Making Everyone Count: Unique Identification to Fight Poverty
A high-level panel shares perspectives on why civil registries and national identification systems are smart public investments. In Arabic and English. 2 -3:30 pm ET (18:00 -19:30 GMT) #wblive

Jobs vs. Privilege in the Middle East and North Africa
Policymakers, researchers, business people and civil society members discuss recent research showing economic policies often limited competition and instead created monopoly rents to politically connected firms. In Arabic and English. 2-3:30 pm ET (18:00–19:30 GMT) #MENAjobs

Financing Development in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States: Challenges and Opportunities
This event aims to raise awareness of the need to ramp up financing in areas affected by conflict and fragility. 4-5:30 pm ET (20:00-21:30 GMT) #fin4dev

Transforming World Trade: Global Value Chains and Development
A panel including World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, General Electric Vice-Chairman John G. Rice and World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo explores the emerging importance of global value chains in global trade. In English and Spanish. 4-5:30 pm ET (20:00 -21:30 GMT) #valuechains

Saturday, Oct. 11

State of the Africa Region
This event examines the links between economic growth, structural transformation and poverty reduction in Africa. In English and French. 11 am-12:30 pm ET (15:00–16:30 GMT) #wblive

Illicit Financial Flows on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency is hosting this open forum on illicit financial flows within the context of development financing. 1-2:30 pm ET (17:00–19:30 GMT) #illicitflows

2014 Annual Meetings Development Committee Press Briefing
The joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee addresses the media at the close of the 2014 Annual Meetings. 5 pm ET (21:00 GMT)


Donna Barne

Corporate Writer, World Bank

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