Apr 26, 2017

The World Bank – IMF Spring Meetings brought together world leaders from the UN, government, private sector and civil society to address the world’s most pressing and persistent challenges.  We were there.  Here is why and what happened.

UN-World Bank Partnership

On his first visit to Washington as United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres highlighted the continued importance of the UN-World Bank relationship.

Addressing Fragility

Secretary-General Guterres and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim unveiled a partnership framework to build resilience and sustain peace in conflict areas  As laid out in a joint statement, the framework is in response to global calls for the two institutions to work more closely together on prevention and reducing needs, risks, and vulnerability as the world faces a spike in violent conflict.  The two leaders discussed the UN-World Bank partnership earlier in the day at a flagship event: Financing for Peace: Innovations to Tackle Fragility.


Gender Equity

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed joined Christine Lagarde of the IMF and Winnie Byanyima of Oxfam for a high-level discussion of women’s economic empowerment. The Deputy Secretary-General said that while we know what the solutions look like, we will only realize them if women are involved in all levels of the decision making process.  A video of the event is available here: Gender and Macroeconomics: What’s Next?



The Deputy Secretary-General sat down with the World Bank on Facebook.


The Sustainable Development Goals

The President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, and UN Deputy Secretary-General Mohammed joined a discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals. The event, Implementing the 2030 Agenda: From Commitment to Action, covered a wide range of issues including private sector involvement, data collection and financing. The World Bank highlighted the SDG Atlas, which measures the progress societies are making towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals


Photos from the World Bank – IMF Spring Meetings

World Bank Spring Meetings 2017

Senior United Nations officials attended the 2017 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF. 



Public events with senior UN officials

Partners’ Roundtable on Investing in the Early Years: Identifying Synergies and Catalyzing Action
Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
Building Resilience in the Face of Increasing Threats
Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
Gender and Macroeconomics: What’s Next?
Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
Implementing the 2030 Agenda: From Commitment to Action
Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
Peter Thomson, President, United Nations General Assembly
Toward Water and Sanitation for All
Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
Boosting Women’s Economic Empowerment
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director
FRIDAY – APRIL 21, 2017
Addressing Refugee Crises in Middle-Income Countries: Lessons Learned
Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Financing for Peace: Innovations to Tackle Fragility
António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
Unlocking Financing for Climate Action
Erik Solheim, UNEP Executive Director