From crisis to resilience: World Bank Group Spring Meetings to focus on helping countries build a green and resilient recovery


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The lingering pandemic has dealt the global economy an unprecedented shock, and the recovery is likely to be slow and uneven. The current crisis is exacerbating inequalities throughout the world and, without access to vaccines, the gap will widen further.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 has made clear the need to establish a better way to handle the debt-financing needs of developing economies. And for a sustainable future, solutions are most urgently needed in developing countries, where the investment gap is deepest, and people are most disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis. So, what will it take to shape a resilient recovery that works for people and the planet?

Taking place fully virtually, the 2021 World Bank Group/IMF Spring Meetings will center around "helping countries build a green and resilient recovery."  Leaders from government, business, international organizations, and civil society, along with a diverse group of experts, will discuss these global challenges and the path ahead to achieve resilient recovery.

The 2021 Spring Meetings will take place from April 5 -11. 

What you’ll learn

New this year, on each event page, you’ll find many resources on the topics discussed from reports and research to “thought leadership” and feature stories and blogs. Our panelists and experts will discuss:

  • How to achieve a green recovery and rebuild economic systems to better use resources and create a climate-friendly future.
  • How firms can reinvent themselves to create more jobs, and how governments can find new ways to transform the crisis into an opportunity for growth. How youth can avoid the risk of a “lost generation.”
  • How policy makers can ensure that everyone benefits from the recovery and inequality is not worsened. This includes attention to the ways the pandemic has disproportionately affected women and girls.
  •  Different perspectives on a new international financial architecture for debt, highlighting the consequences of inaction for poverty and development.
  • Policy options countries should have to enhance resilient debt financing, support efficient debt restructuring when needed, and increase debt transparency.
  • What is needed to help countries prepare for and invest in low-carbon, resilient development. What it will take to shape a resilient recovery that works for people and planet.
  • The work underway in developing countries to prepare for large scale vaccine rollouts; the strengths and gaps in country readiness; measures to ensure access and distribution; and the importance of partnerships and cooperation across all stakeholders for success.
  • The private sector’s essential role in driving innovation, production, and manufacturing to meet the enormous needs for COVID-19 vaccines, tests and therapeutics. 
  • How COVID-19 has created opportunities and challenges across research, finance and policy, as we work to build more resilient health and economic systems now –and in the future.

How to follow

If you’re like those of us global development professionals, you’re anticipating attending some World Bank Group sessions, and hearing some amazing speakers. You’re probably also looking through the schedule trying to figure out which sessions to attend or tune in.

Here are six ways to follow and engage with what the World Bank Group's Spring Meetings activities have to offer. 

  1. Connect with top development experts

Together with World Bank Group and IMF leadership and top experts, this year’s speakers include leaders from government, business, international organizations, and civil society  who will share the best solutions for today’s dire global development issues. Have a question for them? Submit it ahead of the event and join the conversation LIVE. The most voted questions will be answered by our panelists and experts.

Featured speakers at the 2021 Spring Meetings' World Bank Group events


Featured speakers this year include:

John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (@JohnKerry)

Janet Yellen, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (@SecYellen)

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal)

Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (@melindagates)

Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF (@unicefchief)

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (@DrTedros)

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General, World Trade Organization (@NOIweala)

Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive, Save the Children (@KevinAtSave)

To view the full list of speakers, click here. You can also follow this Twitter list we've created to make it even a bit easier for you to connect with them.  

  1. Watch live or on-demand

World Bank Live is our digital platform for live-streamed and view on-demand programming, featuring global experts and leaders. For the most engagement, block out time now to watch our events live so you can engage with our experts after the panel sessions. Or come back to replay these events any time. We’ll be talking to Country Directors who will explain the challenges their countries face and how the Bank’s work with partners on ground is making a difference to people in every region.

Here's a rundown of some of the key events. For more, view the full schedule.

Tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic of Inequality to Build a Green, Inclusive, & Resilient Recovery

MONDAY, MARCH 29 | 12:30 ET

Economic Recovery: Toward a Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Future


2021 Spring Meetings Opening Press Conference


Rethinking Debt: Financing the Future Amid Crisis


Key Green Transitions for People and Planet


COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries


  1. Follow the Live Updates page

With our Live Updates page, we are also bringing these activities closer to you, so you won't miss a thing! You will find a daily coverage and recap of the World Bank Group events. These live updates bring the power of our events, featuring dynamic discussions with top experts, economists, entrepreneurs, policymakers, innovators and more.

 Bookmark, read, watch, and come back for the recaps.

  1. Get Social

We'll be live tweeting our World Bank Group events on our social media channels in English, Arabic, French and Spanish. Follow the hashtags: #ResilientRecovery, #GreenRecoveryWBG, #InclusiveFuture, #Vaccines4All, #Debt4Dev. Share, like and retweet! Don't forget to join the discussion and submit your questions and remarks for events speakers and experts to answer!

Follow the Meetings on all our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

  1. Engage

During this pandemic, the remarkable creativity and innovation of youth-led initiatives in sectors like health, jobs, and food security are stories worth telling. These efforts prove that young people are critical in driving forward ideas and actions on global issues - and their voices deserve our attention.

Our first round of the #YouthOnCOVID19 campaign heightened awareness of the challenges developing countries face in responding to COVID-19 and highlighted the specific obstacles facing young people.

This time around we gave youth in developing countries a platform to be part of the recovery bringing their ideas to the stage where decisions are made, the World Bank Group/IMF Spring Meetings. We asked them to tell us in a 1-min video: How can youth in your country participate in a resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic? The winning entries will be shared on the World Bank platforms during the Spring Meetings. Follow the hashtag #YouthOnCOVID19 to engage with these entries. Watch and share your thoughts.

  1. Subscribe to our newsletter

Join the mailing list for news and updates about the Spring Meetings. We will keep you informed with emails that include upcoming events, events recap, and highlights of big announcements during the Meetings. Here’s where you can subscribe.

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Sid Ali
September 08, 2021

I would love to take part of this great summit to learn and give my views thanks

September 08, 2021

Interesting meeting. Certainly, we will discover great solutions for the proposed problems!

Bepari Noor
September 08, 2021

Yes the global economy is going down .
Need to get back the economy.

Derbew Kefyalew
September 08, 2021

Happy to be part of the conversation and waiting to learn More from the speakers

Charles Mabika
September 08, 2021

learning from the tried and tested leaders who will share the best solutions for today’s dire global development issues

Martin Mwanangwa Munkhondya
September 08, 2021

Thank you for making me be part of the group. I would love to learn more from the speakers and the World Bank seniors.

Reynaldo Castro Melgarejo
September 08, 2021

In a global framework of trust and legal certainty, we must build a better future: Our Strength must be in TRANSPARENCY in functions of the State and Market Operations, to negotiate face-to-face with CHINA, RUSSIA, USA& EU:
Great Respect for Human Rights and Accountability.

Transparency as Knowledge, Value, Obligation and good Practice in State functions and Market operations, is The Vaccine Against Corruption in: Monarchy; Democracy; Populism; Nationalism; Dictatorships, Socialism and Totalitarianism; VS, Racism, Inequality, illegal Migration&Terrorism.

Transparency is needed in State functions&Market operations, in order to have moral leadership.
To address the defining challenges of our time;the most important:State Capitalism,
whose governments remain for more than two decades and which is supported by shareholder capitalism.

Juan Manuel Sotelo
September 08, 2021

I am willing to be part of the dialogue and to participate.

Maria da Conceicao Lourence
September 08, 2021

civil society interventions and how civil society can benefit from the world bank

abdulrazak mohamed
September 08, 2021

Very much interested to join the conversation Look forward to hear from experts across the world

Abdiwahab Jama Hassan
September 08, 2021

I am happy to join this meeting.

Ursula Saleh-Topitz
September 08, 2021

Looking forward to receiving more and current information on a range of these vital topics

September 08, 2021

I'm interested in the topic and would love to part of the conversation

Isaiah Edeigba
September 08, 2021

I am every excited to be part of this global initiative aim at finding a way out of the global pandemic with focus on green environment. also to prepare countries in the future to respond to inexplicable economic upheavals that be may uncertain and unforseen.

Alpha Bah
September 08, 2021

Financing basic infrastructure with mineral resources. Is this a good option to avoid the debt ceiling trap?

Ristina Siti Sundari
September 08, 2021

I am very intersted in this topic. Due to my research about urban farming as coping toward the problem. Yes from crisis to resilience throughout urban farming.

Peter C. P. Taylor, II
September 08, 2021

It will be an interesting event and as a follower of World Bank I am keen on learning lessons from the speakers.

Collin Kamalizeni
September 08, 2021

to learn about the strategies necessary for rescuing the many lives that are being lost due to leadership negligence, maladministration and bringing the World to a common thinking position.

Louis Acheampong
September 08, 2021

Useful opportunity to learn, share and engage leadership on development and governance for sustainable recovery and resilience.
Interesting to learn how my Local Government Assembly can be twinned and supported as a Green and Resilient Economy.

Ezedin Awol Mohanned
September 08, 2021

I am happy to be part of the meeting and am ready to learn more from it

Nirmalan Dhas
September 08, 2021

Some day thee impact and outcome of the of the thousands of people hours spent listening to these people speak may become perceivable as well as measurable

Iqbal ur Rehman Sharif
September 08, 2021

Interested to learn the working system of World Bank especially to know the methodology towards Poverty Alleviation and partnership with the local community.

Devara Balaji.
September 08, 2021

Nice helping my world bank.

iqbal ahmed
September 08, 2021

Thanks Mr Sebti , World Bank and IMF have great effort against global crisis of COVID-19 and climate disaster. I am very much interested to build up people of haor basin in bangladesh against climatic issues like flash flood, flood ,sedimentation, river erosion,COVID-19, Dengu, Chikogunia,etc. I wish the conversation find out a solution to overcome those situations.

Engr Iqbal Ahmed

Muhammad Dauda
September 08, 2021

Crises management in areas where's insecurities affected the community dwellers and We'll being of health nutrition shelter and farming

Nonye Opara
September 08, 2021

With world bank the world at large can become a better place if only the poorest of the poor countries are constantly carried along with a favourable be policies that will always see to their needs.

Nonye Opara
September 08, 2021

Happy to be here,let's make the world a better place by saving the needy of this world,thank you

Kunda Musonda Chola
September 08, 2021

Happy to join the conversation and learn from the top experts on finding solutions for the dire economic conditions post the COVID 19 pandemic.

Maria Garcia Rincon
September 08, 2021

Great!!! Excited to participate!

Dhanbahadur magar
September 08, 2021

Thank you very much, world bank giving us important and usefull information, I always reads activity of world bank.

hamad abdulla abul
September 08, 2021

very intrested in following these important speakers and to learn from them.

Pranata Barua
September 08, 2021

Excited to be part of this conversation and eagerly waiting to learn from the expert speakers

Ademola Ajani
September 08, 2021

Interesting to be Civil Society Organization (CSOs) during this 2021 Spring Meeting of World Bank Group WBG and International Monetry Fund IMF. Seeing this as a privilege and opportunity to show case my opinion and contribution in CSPF Civil Society Policy Forum. Thank you for Good Work.