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World Bank Group Vice President executive briefing hosted by Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva

May 12, 2014

World Bank Group Vice President executive briefing hosted by Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • World Bank Group's Vice President for External and Corporate Affairs (ECR) explained the World Bank Group (WBG) goals, strategy and reform process and the WBG commitment to UN partnership

Mr. Cyril Muller, World Bank Group's Vice President for External and Corporate Affairs (ECR) presented at the United Nations Office in Geneva Executive Briefing - a special meeting hosted by the Acting Director General of the UN Office in Geneva, Mr. Michael Møller, for Permanent Missions to the UN and international organizations. Mr. Muller explained the World Bank Group (WBG) goals, strategy and reform process and the WBG commitment to UN partnership. He discussed the endorsement of the WBG two new goals: to end extreme poverty by 2030; and to boost shared prosperity by promoting real income growth for the bottom 40 percent of the population, and spoke about the new strategy which was created to support these goals focusing on customizing development solutions and working more in partnership with others. Mr. Muller shared with the Ambassadors and the UN and other international organizations' representatives that the implementation of the strategy will require organizational change and a new framework for medium-term financial sustainability to ensure that WBG resources are commensurate with the roles and responsibilities it carries out in support of international development agenda.

The discussion and questions following Mr. Muller's presentation focused on a number of different agendas such as the Post-2015 process, fragile and conflict states, jobs, health, disaster risk management, involvement of the private sector and many others. The Acting Director General of the UN Office in Geneva, Mr. Michael Møller, shared his appreciation for the presentation and emphasized the need for WBG's ongoing presence and support in Europe, and in Geneva specifically.