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Multilateral Development Banks to meet in Washington, D.C. April 22 for the 2nd Global Infrastructure Forum

April 12, 2017

Annual gathering focuses on finding ways to harness public and private resources to deliver inclusive, sustainable infrastructure worldwide

Top officials from Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), the United Nations and the G-20 will meet Apr. 22 to discuss opportunities to harness public and private resources to improve infrastructure worldwide, especially in less-developed countries, and to ensure that investments are environmentally, social and economically sustainable.

The Global Infrastructure Forum 2017, which will take place at the headquarters of the Inter-American Development Bank, is being co-organized by the IDB and the European Investment Bank (EIB), in close partnership with the United Nations. Other participants include the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Islamic Development Bank, New Development Bank, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

It will be the second time that the MDBs gather for this purpose following the 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda, which established the Global Infrastructure Forum as a way of coordinating the work of multilateral and national development banks, UN agencies, national institutions, development partners and the private sector to address infrastructure needs, challenges and opportunities around the world.

High-quality infrastructure that is sustainable and inclusive is considered of vital importance for increasing economic growth and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed upon in 2015.

The opening, closing and lunchtime plenary sessions of the meeting will be transmitted via livestream in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French through links on the event webpage. Follow the conversation on Twitter with #InvestInInfra.

The agenda and list of plenary participants can be accessed here.


What: Global Infrastructure Forum 2017

When: Saturday, April 22nd at 10AM – 5:30PM ET (Opening Plenary 10 AM - 11:15 AM followed by breakout sessions)

Where: Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20577 

How to join online: The opening, closing and lunchtime plenary sessions will be livestreamed in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish through links on the event webpage.

Media Registration: This event is hosted by the multilateral development banks and requires a separate registration from the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings: please go to the press registration link to register to attend: http://www.iadb.org/GIF2017/MediaRegistration.  


This page is also available in Portuguese and in Spanish.


Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017

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