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Presentation of the New DRGR-Report

On Monday, 28. June 2021 the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the Centre for Sustainable Finance at SOAS University London and the Global Development Policy Center, Boston University hosted an expert webinar discussion and presentation of its new report.

Five of the authors of our proposal “Securing Private Sector Participation and Policy Space for Sustainable Development” – Shamshad Akhtar, Kevin P. Gallagher, Stephany Griffith-Jones, Moritz Kraemer and Ulrich Volz – presented its key elements and calls for action.

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Meeting the Moment

Debt Relief for Middle Income Countries

On June 1 the T20-associated Webinar addressed the risk of external debt distress which middle-income countries are facing: As the world runs the risk of a financial crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic, MICs are showing particularly high vulnerabilities. This is worrying, as most of these countries are not covered by current debt relief schemes.

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Online Roundtable Event: Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery in Nigeria?

The Centre for the Studies of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) together with the Heinrich Böll Foundation are hosting an online event on ‘Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery in Nigeria?’ on Thursday, 8 April at 2 PM (WAT).

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UNDP Discussion on DRGR-Proposal (Video)

On February 24, UNDP hosted an online-discussion on our proposal for Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery. Read the full announcement here.

Three of the report authors, Shamshad Akhtar, Stephany Griffith-Jones, and Ulrich Volz presented its key elements and calls for action.

They were then joined by the UNDP colleagues

  • Luis Felipe Lopez Calva (UN ASG and UNDP Director, RBLAC),
  • Celine Moyroud (UNDP Resident Representative, Lebanon) and
  • Raymond Gilpin (Chief Economist, UNDP Africa).

The discussion was moderated by George Gray Molina (GPN Chief Economist, UNDP). 

Full Video Recording:

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Video: Dev Talk – “Using Debt-for-Climate Swaps to Solve Two Crises at Once”

This Dev Talk, jointly hosted by the OECD Development Centre and the Boston University Global Development Policy Center, examined what debt-for-climate swaps entail and whether they can deliver with a speed and scale commensurate with the urgency of both crises.
Watch the webinar recording here.

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Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery

Report, Videos and Slides of the Launch

On Monday, 16. November 2020, 2pm UTC, we launched the report “Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery“. 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.
Here you find key elements of the proposal and the launch:

Full Video Recording:

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PM Mia Mottley’s Keynote at the Launch of the Report

This is the transcript of Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s speech delivered at the launch of the report “Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery“. The transcript is not official – please listen yourself at the recording.

Thank you for that very kind introduction, Stephany, and also for your invitation to participate in this important forum and to share my thoughts on a most timely topic. I trust that it will add to the discourse that is occurring globally, but more importantly, that you get an insight into the challenges faced by us in small island developing states.

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Gordon Brown’s Keynote at the Launch of the Report

Transcript of the video provided by Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, for the launch of the report “Debt relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery”

This conference today is of utmost importance, and in the month that we have found that we have an American president committed to net carbon zero by 2050 and a Chinese president committed to net carbon zero by 2060, this meeting is of great global significance as we fashion the new building blocks to take us there.

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Pre-Launch Event at World Bank Hosted by German Executive Director

On Wednesday, 28. October 2020 the DRGR proposal received several positive commentaries at a pre-launch event at the World Bank. German Executive Director Jürgen Zattler invited multiple report authors to present the core ideas of our report.

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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.