75th Anniversary of Bretton Woods Events

Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire (Credit: World Bank Group Archives).
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods conference that created the World Bank and its sister institution, the International Monetary Fund (IMF). From July 1 to 22, 1944, representatives from 44 nations met at the scenic and secluded Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Their objective was to establish a system of international cooperation that would help countries recover from the devastation wrought by the Second World War while facilitating long-term global economic growth for recovering and developing nations alike. While years of planning and discussion preceded the conference, it was during these 22 days in July 1944 that the Articles of Agreement for both the World Bank and IMF were produced.

This year, the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) will highlight this important anniversary. During the conference, to be held on June 17-18 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., presenters will discuss the impacts and evolution of multilateral institutions while placing a special emphasis on the history of Bretton Woods and its institutions. The deadline for the conference’s Call for Papers is March 24, 2019.

We encourage you to watch this space in the coming weeks and months as we continue to provide information on upcoming events related to our 75th anniversary!

And to learn more about our institution's history, the World Bank Group Archives invites you to take a look at some of our knowledge products and information resources listed below.