*This event was held at The Brookings Institution and featured CGD president Nancy Birsdsall as a discussant.*
Introduction and moderator
Kemal Derviș, Vice President and Director, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development
Michael Elliott, Chief Executive Officer, The ONE Campaign
Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution
In July, the international community met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss the policy reforms, financing, and international coordination challenges involved in implementing a new sustainable development agenda.
The targets—the Sustainable Development Goals—driving that agenda are ambitious, and intended to be applicable to all countries.
In Addis, governments, international organizations, the business community, and civil societies explored the options for mobilizing the financial resources needed to achieve these targets over the next 15 years. The debate included issues ranging from maintaining global economic and financial stability to financing infrastructure, boosting tax collection, and attracting foreign capital—but also to issues of improving inclusion, gender equity, and climate change. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), traditionally associated with the promotion of macroeconomic and financial stability, now pays close attention to this wider set of issues, in recognition of their demonstrated importance for growth and economic performance.
On July 8, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings hosted IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde for keynote remarks and a subsequent panel discussion led by Brookings Vice President Kemal Dervis. Afterward, questions were taken from the audience.
This event was webcasted; please follow the conversation on Twitter using #SustainableDev.