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Live Webcasts During World Bank Annual Meetings 2012: A Viewer's Guide

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What will it take to end poverty?

The 2012 Annual Meetings and related events begin in Japan on October 9. We've compiled a guide here to some of the LIVE webcasts happening during the meetings. From wherever you are around the world, you can also follow the conversation all week via #wblive on Twitter.

Several webcasts will be available in multiple languages. Watch them live, follow live tweeting and find coverage throughout the meetings in Arabic, English, French, Japanese, and Spanish. You'll find photo coverage on Flickr and videos on YouTube.

We also invite you to take part in our global conversation: #whatwillittake to end poverty? We are hearing from people around the world about what they think it will take to end poverty, expand prosperity, and improve their communities.

We hope you join us online for the Annual Meetings and share your ideas via #whatwillittake.

We’ve listed below several of the language options for panels and sessions – you can also watch webcasts in Japanese for many of the Annual Meetings events.

What's On: October 9

Sendai Dialogue

Opening Session
Watch in English

Government ministers from around the world meet in Sendai, Japan, October 9 and 10 for the Sendai Dialogue—a special event on managing natural disaster risk co-hosted by the Government of Japan and the World Bank.

What's On: October 10

TEDx Sendai

08:30-11:30 (Japan) / 23:30-02:30 GMT
Watch in English and Japanese

TEDxSendai is a TED-licensed event that will be held in Sendai, Japan. It will take a multidisciplinary look at natural disasters and bring together a diverse group of global and local thinkers and doers to share their perspectives and ideas on an important development challenge.

Free to Prosper: Jobs in the Middle East and North Africa

11:00- 12:30 (Japan)/ 02:00-03:30 GMT
Watch in English and Arabic

Job growth is a major challenge in the Middle East and North Africa region. A panel of experts will examine a recent report on labor in the region and debate the road ahead for better jobs.


Sendai Dialogue

Closing Session
Watch in English

The Sendai Dialogue continues as government ministers from around the world meet in Sendai, Japan, for a special event on managing natural disaster risk. The agenda on October 10 includes a high-level panel discussion with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and others.

What's On: October 11

Press Briefing: World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim

09:30-10:15 (Japan)/00:30-01:15 GMT
Watch in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim addresses the press during the opening of the 2012 Annual Meetings in Tokyo.

Women in the Private Sector: Good for Development and Business

10:30-11:30 (Japan) /01:30-02:30 GMT
Watch in English
In many developing economies, almost 40 percent of entrepreneurs running small or medium sized businesses are women. This discussion addresses the emerging challenges and remaining obstacles faced by women in the private sector, and the role for the private sector in closing the gap in access to finance for women entrepreneurs.

Wall Street Journal Conducts 'The Big Interview' With Jim Yong Kim

13:30-14:30 (Japan) / 04:30-05:30 GMT
Watch in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim sits down with Jacob Schlesinger, Tokyo bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, to discuss what it will take to restore growth and spread prosperity in times of crisis. It’s a part of WSJ's “The Big Interview” series.

Global Health: The Case for Investing in Health – Again!

15:00-16:30 (Japan) / 06:00-07:30 GMT
Watch in English
How can developing countries afford to provide adequate health care in light of today's tight fiscal environment and rising global health costs? Health experts from academia, the private sector, and government explore the options.

What's On: October 12

Annual Meetings Plenary Session

09:00-11:00 (Japan) / 00:00 – 02:00 GMT
Watch in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim delivers a speech and reports on the Bank Group’s progress and plans for the coming year.

Can Government Policies Lead to Good Jobs for Development?

11:30-13:00 (Japan) / 02:30-04:00 GMT
Watch in English
Teasing out how policies might affect job creation, especially in low-income countries, is a particularly interesting challenge. This session draws on experiences from across regions to shed new light on the interactions between jobs and inclusive development.

The Energy Challenge of Africa

14:30-16:00 (Japan) / 05:30-07:00 GMT
Watch in English
A panel of African, Japanese, and European experts debates the best ways to close Africa’s energy gap, including the roles the public and private sectors and civil society could play.

Avoiding a Lost Generation: The Challenges and Opportunities for Expanding Youth Employment

16:15 – 17:45 (Japan) / 07:15-08:45 GMT
Watch in English
The global economic downturn has led to soaring youth unemployment in many parts of the developed and developing world. This session examines the main factors, development impacts, and potential solutions to the growing youth employment crisis.

What's On: October 13

Competitive Industries:  From "What" to "How" --  Implementing Growth

09:00-10:30 (Japan) / 00:00-01:30 GMT
Watch in English
Implementing policies to stimulate sustainable investment and innovation is difficult, often much more difficult than diagnosing which policies to pursue in the first place. This discussion examines why the key to economic takeoff is often found in "how" more than "what.”

Post 2015 Global Development Framework:  Is There a Role for a Next Generation of MDGs?

11:00-12:30 (Japan) / 02:00-03:30 GMT
Watch in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish
The Millennium Development Goals have attracted much-needed attention to development, particularly human aspects of development. This discussion explores how effective current goals have been to improving the lives of people around the world, and examines the goals in light of the development challenges ahead.

Press Briefing: Development Committee

Time to Be Announced
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and Development Committee Chair Marek Belka of Poland address the media at the close of the 2012 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Tokyo.


Most events will be available for video replay within one day. Check back on or on the Annual Meetings 2012 website for webcast archives.


Maureen Hoch

Global Web Editor, The World Bank

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