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Invitation: Launch of the Report ‘Debt Relief for Green and Inclusive Recovery’

On Monday, 16. November 2020, 2pm UTC, we launch our first report. It puts forth an ambitious proposal for concerted and comprehensive debt relief on a global scale to support sustainable recoveries, economic resilience, and a just transition to a low-carbon economy.

A global debt crisis is looming. Even before COVID-19 swept the world, the International Monetary Fund deemed the mounting global public debt burden a high risk for the majority of developing countries – noting that half of the lower-income countries were already in, or at high risk of or already in debt distress. As the COVID crisis worsens, developing countries face steep output contractions, massive increases in unemployment and poverty, as well as limited fiscal space, while the COVID relief and recovery efforts demand a massive upscaling of expenditures.

This new, systemic debt crisis emerges at a critical time when the global climate crisis demands the urgent mobilisation of huge investment in mitigation and adaptation. Moreover, the transition of fossil fuels from an asset to a liability partly driven by policy, partly by technological disruption, amounts to a third systemic crisis sweeping capital markets and the developing world. It is at the intersection of these three systemic crises that new and innovative answers need to be urgently found, breaking through silos of international policy making.

Against this backdrop, the Debt Relief for Green and Inclusive Recovery (DRGR) project puts forth an ambitious proposal for concerted and comprehensive debt relief on a global scale to support sustainable recoveries, economic resilience, and a just transition to a low-carbon economy.

Join us during London Climate Action Week on Monday, 16 November, 2pm UTC (GMT), for the launch of the ‘Debt Relief for Green and Inclusive Recovery.’ report.

Programme:

Welcome
Barbara Unmüßig, President of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Keynote Addresses
Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister & Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment, Barbados
Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Presentation of Report
Shamshad Akhtar, Former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan and Finance Minister of Pakistan
Ulrich Volz, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance at SOAS, University of London and Senior Research Fellow, German Development Institute

Comment
Moritz Kraemer, Chief Economic Adviser of Acreditus, former Global Chief Ratings Officer S&P Sovereign Ratings.

Q&A
Kevin P. Gallagher, Professor of Global Development Policy at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Director of the Global Development Policy Center, Boston University

Chair
Stephany Griffith Jones Financial Markets Program Director at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University

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