Helping bridge the North-South divide on critical challenges: vaccines, debt, climate
17 may 2021
17:00 - 19:45 (CET)Paris
Taking place on the eve of the Summit on Financing African Economies hosted by President Macron, the Spring Meeting highlighted North-South relations during the pandemic, with a special emphasis on Africa. Vaccine nationalism endangers global immunity and economic recovery and threatens to poison North-South relations on other issues, including climate negotiations. The Spring meeting sessions gathered key global actors such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and public development banks.
Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships
Akinwumi A. Adesina, African Development Bank President
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization
Bandar M. H. Hajjar, President of the Islamic Development Bank Group
Melinda French Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
and other top-level speakers. Together, they will explore how advanced economies and developing nations can cooperate on short-term vaccine procurement and long-term recovery – covering vaccine production, debt relief, and sustainable development – and how these mechanisms could be best financed.
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