Follow these 2017 World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings plenary and seminars that discuss what it will take to build inclusive, resilient, and sustainable communities for all:
1. Plenary | Cities are Where the Future is Being Built
Friday, April 21, 9:00 – 10:30 am EDT, Preston Auditorium, MC Building, 1818 H Street NW, Washington D.C.
With the global productivity slowdown and stagnating progress in poverty reduction, new sources of growth are needed to anchor development in a changing global landscape. This flagship session will bring together thought leaders, national and city policy makers, and civil society leaders to highlight the role of cities and metropolitan regions in being vanguards for inclusive and sustainable economic growth – they are where the future is being built.



2. Semniar | Overlapping Disadvantage: The Cross-Roads of Disability, Indigenous Peoples, and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Friday, April 21, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm EDT, Room J B1-080, J Building, 701 18th Street NW, Washington D.C.

The seminar focuses on the need to “put people first” in development processes. Poverty is multidimensional and encompasses vulnerability, exclusion, unaccountable institutions, powerlessness, discrimination, and exposure to violence. The seminar explores pathways to the social inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, and LGBTI persons with the aim of building cohesive and resilient societies. These efforts are supported by recent global frameworks promoting inclusive development, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda, and the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).

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3. Seminar | Lagging Lands, Violent Lands 
Saturday, April 22, 12:30 – 2:00 pm EDT, room, Room MC13-121, MC Building, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington D.C.

This session will focus on solutions that stimulate sustainable and inclusive economic growth in lagging lands and urban spaces to bridge economic and social divisions and mitigate conflict and reduce human vulnerability. This event will look at an integrated policy framework on lagging lands, violent lands that combines the main thrusts of the WDR 2009 on Reshaping Economic Geography and the World Development Report 2011 on Conflict, Security, and Development, bringing it to life with country examples, and ultimately working towards a global agenda of action around "no area left behind."

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