We round up the major events and gatherings for the global development community in 2021. Photo by: Olya Kobruseva from Pexels FEATURED EVENTS How World Bank health funding adapted during the pandemic April 22 Online
Magnus Lindelow, World Bank practice manager for health, nutrition and population, Africa region, talks to Devex about the bank’s successes and challenges in funding and procurement over the past year — from fast-tracking project approval to working from home. He’ll also address practical questions about engaging with implementing organizations and other stakeholders.
Devex @ WHA 2021 May 25-27, June 1 Online
With plans to meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented vaccine rollout, and pressure for World Health Organization reform, this year’s World Health Assembly meeting may be one of the most pressing in recent history. Devex reporters will be on the scene — virtually — to dig into these issues and more over three days of events, with exclusive interviews, expert analysis, and insider coverage of the week’s most important conversations.
EVENTS FROM APRIL TO JUNE 2021 April Creating Equal Ground: Conversation with Indigenous Women Leaders on the Challenges and Approaches for Securing Women’s Land and Natural Resource Rights April 13 Online VEF Virtual Series: Inclusive Infrastructure Development for Driving Low Carbon Industrialisation April 14 Online Virtual Business Opportunities Seminar 2021 With Portugal April 14 Online Insights From the Latest OECD Report on Digital Transformation of SMEs April 14 Online; Washington EconNet: Monetary Policy Communications and Their Effects On Household Inflation Expectations | Michael Weber (U.Chicago) April 15 Online; Washington International Symposium on Mainstreaming Quality of Life in Evaluation of Transport and Spatial Planning April 19 Online Webinar on Creative Economy for Sustainable Development: Potential, Challenges, and Ways Forward April 20 Online ADBI-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Roundtable on Sanitation and Development April 20-21 Online Healing a Broken World: The Power of Art for Social Transformation in the Post-Pandemic Era April 22-23 Online Sixteenth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests April 26-30 New York May ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2021 May 3 New York ADB 54th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors May 3-5 Online United Nations Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goal May 4-5 New York Global Digital Development Forum May 5 Online United Nations Development Cooperation Forum 2021 May 6-7 New York Regional Climate Weeks 2021: Virtual Thematic Sessions for Latin America and the Caribbean May 11-13 Online VEF Virtual Series: Galvanising Political Action - Food Systems Track May 12 Online UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development May 17-19 Online Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity May 17-30 Online EconNet: Zombies at Large? Corporate Debt Overhang and the Macroeconomy | Òscar Jordà (FED San Francisco) May 20 Online; Washington Innovate4Climate May 25-27 Online Online Course on Principles for Reviewing Environmental Impact Assessment May 25-July 5 Online Virtual Business Opportunities Seminar 2021 With France May 26 Online TIGN Conference 2021 | 11th Annual Conference of the LACEA Trade, Integration and Growth Network May 27-28 Online 2nd Research Conference on Forced Displacement May 28-29 Bogota, Colombia 6th Annual McGill Summer Institute May 31-June 18 Online June World Bank Group Youth Summit 2021: Resilient Recovery for People and Planet June 9-10 Online G7 Leaders’ Summit 2021 June 11-13 Cornwall, England UN Global Compact Leaders Summit: 2021 June 15-16 Online European Development Days June 15-16 Online Regional Climate Weeks 2021: Virtual Thematic Sessions for Africa June 15-18 Online 2021 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education - 9th PRME Assembly June 16-17 Online Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development - Africa 2021 June 16-18 Nairobi Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2021 June 21-26 Kigali, Rwanda Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2021: Global Unrest June 24-25 Washington London Climate Action Week 2021 June 26-July 4 Online Online ADB Sanitation Dialogue 2021 June 30-July 2 Online PAST EVENTS January OpEx365 January-June Online Technology Innovation Challenge for Transport Jan. 8 Online IFAD at the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity Jan. 11 Paris; online Speed, Safety and Equity: Deploying Vaccines for COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean Jan. 12 Online Deploying COVID-19 Vaccines in Latin America and the Caribbean Jan. 12 Online A Partnership With Purpose: Celebrating 14 Years of Positive Impact in Latin America and the Caribbean Jan. 12 Online VEF Virtual Series: Equity, Gender and Youth Jan. 13 Online Changes in Global Income Distribution and Their Political Implications Jan. 13 Online Global Reset: Inequality and a New Social Contract Jan. 13 Online Climate Resilient Food Systems for Africa: From Evidence to Action Jan. 13-18 Online Trade Integration, Global Value Chains, and Capital Accumulation Jan. 14 Online; Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia Water and Beyond: EU Transformative Approaches for International Partnerships Jan. 18-21 Online Citizenship and Participation - Webinar 2 of the Caribbean Futures of Education Series Jan. 19 Online; Kingston, Jamaica Executive Board - Meeting of the Working Group on Item 210 EX/22 Jan. 19 Online; Paris First Meeting of the Working Group on the Global Education Cooperation Mechanism Jan. 19 Online; Paris Climate Adaptation Week Groningen Jan. 19-25 Groningen, Netherlands First Seminar on Water and Your City Jan. 19-May 8 Water and Beyond, EU Transformative Approaches for International Partnerships Jan. 20 Online; Brussels
Mobile Broadband Internet and Confidence in Government Jan. 20 Online Meeting of the FAO/WHO Expert Group on Nutrient Requirements: Setting Calcium, Vitamin D and Zinc Requirements for Children Aged 0-36 Months Jan. 20-29 Online Regional Expert Consultation Against Gender Stereotypes in Europe Jan. 21 Online; Paris E-meeting IDIL2022-2032 for Eurasian Countries Jan. 21 Online; Almaty, Kazakhstan Leave No One Behind: Moving the Agenda Forward Jan. 21 Online Facing Uncertainty in Water Management: From Urban Water Supply to Agriculture Jan. 22 Online; Paris Climate Adaptation in Food Systems: Lessons From Youth Led Science-Based Social Movements Jan. 22 Online D.C. Political Economy Seminar: Caffeinated Development: Export Sector, Human Capital, and Structural Transformation in Colombia Jan. 22 Online; Washington International Day of Education Symposium Jan. 25 Online International Day of Education in New Delhi - Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation Jan. 25 Online; New Delhi Health Benefits Plan: The Guarantee To Leave No One Behind Jan. 25 Online
Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 Jan. 25-26 Online Vanguard Cities on Nature-Based Solutions: Three Regional Panels Jan. 25-26 Online UNESCO Lectures - Earth Materials: The Foundation for Development Jan. 26 Online; Paris Challenges & Opportunities of Migration in the Caribbean: Addressing Climate Change and Tapping the Diaspora Jan. 26 Online The Role of Renewable Natural Gas in State Climate Policy Jan. 26 Online Regional Inequality Dialogue in Colombia Jan. 26 Online; Washington From Displacement to Development: Challenges and Opportunities to the Economic Inclusion of Venezuelans in Colombia Jan. 27 Online Catalyzing a new future: From small islands to great ocean states Jan. 27. Online 11th Meeting of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS Jan. 27-28 Online Virtual Policy Dialogue on Taxation in the Digital Economy: New Models in Asia and the Pacific Jan. 27-29 Online Virtual Meeting on Awareness Raising and Risk Communication Jan. 28 Online Eliminating NTDs: Together Towards 2030 – Formal Launch of the New Road Map for Neglected Tropical Diseases Jan. 28 Online Updating the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030 Jan. 28 Online Advancing the Early Childhood Agenda: Inclusive Innovative Dialogue Towards a Global Partnership Strategy - High-Level Session Jan. 28 Facing the Aftermath: Recovery and Reconstitution After the Holocaust Jan. 28 Venice, Italy Improving access to pediatric surgery: Lessons learned from south-to-south collaboration Jan. 28. Online Launch of the African Digital Platform for the Safety of Journalists Jan. 29 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Childcare Re-Opening in Latin America and the Caribbean: What Does the Evidence Say? Jan. 29 Online February Regional Expert Consultation Against Gender Stereotypes in Arab Region Feb. 1 Online; Paris Consultation on UNESCO Survey for SDG Indicator 16.10.2 (Public Access to Information) with ATI Oversight Bodies - Part 1 Feb. 1 Online; Paris Inauguration of the Virtual Exhibition on Underwater Cultural Heritage in the SICA Region Feb. 1-2 Online; San José, Costa Rica Blended Finance and Impact: Delivering the 2030 Agenda in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond Feb. 1-4 Online International Conference on AI in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills Feb. 1-5 Online Fourteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Feb. 1-6 Online; Paris Consultation on UNESCO Survey for SDG Indicator 16.10.2 (Public Access to Information) with ATI Oversight Bodies - Part 2 Feb. 2 Online; Paris UNESCO Lectures: Climate Neutrality, the Circular Economy, and Earth Materials Feb. 2 Online; Paris Building Back Better: How Can Public Food and Agricultural Research Institutions Be Strengthened and Rebuilt After the COVID-19 Pandemic? Feb. 2 Online Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20) Feb. 2-4 Rome VEF Virtual Series: Agro-Industry Feb. 3 Online The Newly Launched GEO for Business Brief 1: Adapt to Survive: Business transformation in a time of uncertainty Feb. 3 Online OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector Feb. 3-4 Online Time To Act: The Circular Economy Action Agenda Feb. 4 Online EconNet: Pro-Poor Transfers and Economic Preferences of the Rich and Poor | Imran Rasul (UCL) Feb. 4 Online; Washington Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate Feb. 8 Online Conference on Strengthening Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment Under the COVID-19 Crisis Feb. 8-10 Online 47th Session of the Committee on World Food Security Feb. 8-11 Online Committee on World Food Security Feb. 8-12 Online Indigenous Week 2021 Feb. 8-12 Online 59th Session of the Commission for Social Development – CSocD59 Feb. 8-17 New York 4th Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator Facilitation Council Meeting Feb. 9 Online Mapping Together: How Local Leaders Use Collect Earth To Monitor Restoration Feb. 9 Online FAO/OIE/WHO Webinar: Instruments on Antimicrobial Use Feb. 10 Online Asian Economic Integration Report 2021 Launch Feb. 10 Online Webinar on Resilient Schools and Disaster Risk Reduction Education in the Southern Africa Region Feb. 10 Online; Harare, Zimbabwe Education for Sustainable Development and the Climate Emergency: ‘Bending the Curve for Climate Change’ Feb. 10 Online; Paris FAO/OIE/WHO Webinar: Instruments on Antimicrobial Use Feb. 10 Online Decolonising Education for Sustainable Futures : Connecting Decolonial and Sustainable Futures in Education - Webinar 1 Feb. 10 Bristol, England
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Network Meeting - ICT (CFT) Harnessing (OER) Project Feb. 10 Online; Paris The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules To Make Sense of Statistics Feb. 10 Online VEF Virtual Series: Industry Decarbonisation - Hard To Abate Sectors Feb. 10 Online Official Launch PortalCheck.org | Digital Lab PortalCheck Feb. 11 Online; Montevideo, Uruguay Social and Emotional Learning in and Through Education: Arriving at Common Ground Feb. 11-12 Online; Paris ADBI-JICA Online Training Program on Wastewater Management and City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation Feb. 15-18 Online Making Fragmented Aid Flows Work Better for Health Feb. 16 Online Online Course on Principles for Reviewing Environmental Impact Assessment Feb. 16-March 29 Online Expanding Labour Migration to Europe: A Multi-Stakeholder Vision Feb. 17 Online 44th Session of the IFAD Governing Council Feb. 17-18 Online EconNet: Specialization, Market Access and Real Income | Andrei Levchenko (UM) Feb. 18 Online; Washington Policy Dialogue on Infrastructure, Technology, and Finance for Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Asia Beyond the Pandemic Feb. 18-19 Online COVID-19 and Informality: Effects of the Pandemic on the Labor Markets Feb. 22 Online Tourism in the Post-Pandemic World Feb. 22 Online Building Resilience to Natural Disasters Feb. 22 Online Opportunities for Electric Ferries in Latin America Feb. 22 Online MENA Tech: Resetting Digital Transformation in MENA Countries Feb. 22 Online Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly Feb. 22-23 Online; Nairobi, Kenya The Second Arab Land Conference Feb. 22-24 Online; Cairo Fourth Global Vaccine and Immunization Research Forum (GVIRF) Feb. 22-25 Online From Micro to Macro: Entry Barriers, Misallocation, and Aggregate Productivity Feb. 23 Online Report Launch: The Innovation Imperative for Developing East Asia Feb. 23 Online Covid-19 and the Future of Digital Humanitarianism Feb. 23 Online OECD Competition Open Day Feb. 24 Online Bringing Private Participation in Infrastructure Back on Track Feb. 24 Online ADBI-Japan Railway Technical Services Virtual Policy Dialogue on the Future of High-Speed Rail Development Feb. 24 Online Virtual Policy Dialogue on Post COVID-19 Fiscal Instruments and Green Development Feb. 24-26 Online Webinar: Sovereign Debt Managers and Investors: Bridging the Gap on ESG Feb. 25 Online International Friends and Enemies Feb. 25 Online Political Economy Seminar: Prior's Rule: When Do Malfeasance Revelations Help or Hurt Incumbent Parties? Feb. 26 Online March ADBI Featured Speaker Webinar: Anjali Adukia on Sanitation, Education, and Development March 1 Online Seventh Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development March 1-4 Online; Brazzaville, Republic of Congo Immunization and Vaccines Related Implementation Research Advisory Committee (IVIR-AC) March 1-5 Online How Can HIPtool Support Priority Setting for Health Benefits Package Design? March 2 Online COVID-19 and Global Income Inequality March 3 Online VEF Virtual Series: Digitalisation March 3 Online Political Economy of Tax Reforms in Developing Countries March 3 Online Second Gender in Oil, Gas and Mining Conference: Getting to Equal in a Changing World March 3 Online Facilitating Remote Participatory Filmmaking in Times of Covid-19 March 3 Online Getting to Equal in a Changing World: Second Global Gender in Oil, Gas and Mining Conference March 3-4 Online Regional Climate Weeks 2021: Virtual Regional Roundtables March 3-4 Online 7th South Asia Economic Policy Network Conference on Vaccinating South Asia March 4 Online Better Jobs and Brighter Futures: Investing in Childcare To Build Human Capital March 4 Online EconNet: Integration and Competition Between Stock | Fernando Luco (Texas A&M University) March 4 Online; Washington 7th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum March 8-12 Online Sisterhood and Beyond: Keeping Up Momentum on Feminist Change March 9 Online Maximize Your Indirect Cost Recovery March 9-11 Online Online Course on Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement March 9-April 19 Online Financing for Tech Startups March 10 Online Agency and Empowerment for Adolescent Girls Beyond Covid-19 March 11 Online Bringing Everyone Along: An Inclusive Recovery in Africa March 15 Online Declining Competition: A Transatlantic Challenge March 15 Online Commission on the Status of Women [CSW] 65 2021 March 15-26 Financial Inclusion Support Framework (FISF): Learning Series March 15-June 30 Online Target Gender Equality LIVE March 16 Online Financing Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems in Asia and the Pacific March 16 Online IMF/RMTF Webinar Series on the VAT March 16 Online Social Protection for Economic Inclusion: Adapting the Graduation Approach in Asia and the Pacific March 16 Online International Financial Institutions Transport Sector Business Opportunities Seminar in South Asia (IFI BOS) March 17 Online Third South Pacific International Arbitration Conference March 17 Online; Sydney Policy Dialogue and Forum on New Governance Strategies for Urban Design March 17 Online ADB's Southeast Asia Development Symposium 2021: “Innovation Through Collaboration: Planning for Inclusive Post-COVID-19 Recovery” March 17-18 Online Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region 2021 March 17-18 Online; Geneva Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the IDB and IIC March 17-21 Barranquilla, Colombia The Evolving Socioeconomic Impacts of COVID-19 in Four African Countries March 18 Online Special Seminar Co-Organized by the Government of Japan and World Bank Building Back Better:Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake March 18 Online; Tokyo
Equilibrium Tax Rates Under Ex-Ante Heterogeneity and Income-Dependent Voting March 18 Online; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Webinar Series: Fighting Poverty by Getting Girls and Boys To Learn March 18 Online World Bank Online Morning Seminar #96 “The Innovation Imperative for Developing East Asia” March 19 Online; Tokyo What Can We Learn From Leading COVID-19 Vaccine Programmes? An Insider Look at India, UK and UAE March 19 Online Water Online Week 2021 March 22-25 Online Management Skills March 22-25 Online Civil Society Policy Forum March 22-April 11 Online Trade, Robots, and Industrial Development March 23 Online Supporting Teachers in the Age of the Pandemic: The World Bank Global Platform for Successful Teachers March 23 Online Strengthening Gender Equality in STEM: A Conversation With Countries of the MEROSUR March 23 Online; Washington GEF/IDB Climate Innovation Project in LAC. Lessons Learned From Fundación Bariloche on the Energy Experience March 23 Online; Washington 2021 OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum March 23-25 Online Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2021 March 23-26 Online Implementing the AfCFTA: The Need for Deepening Private Sector Engagement and Commitment March 24 Online Two for One: How Leveraging Small Claims Procedures Can Improve Both Judicial Efficiency and Access to Justice March 24 Online Tourism Resilience: Building Forward Better March 24 Online Oceans for Prosperity: Reforms for a Blue Economy in Indonesia (Report Launch) March 25 Online Making Global Goals Local Business – Georgia March 25-26 Trajectory of Compact City Development and QII in Japan: Lessons Learned From Toyama March 26 Online; Tokyo Political Economy Seminar: Market Structure and Extortion | Maria Micaela Sviatschi (Princeton University) March 26 Online; Washington World Bank Online Morning Seminar #97 “Women, Business and the Law 2021” March 26 Online; Tokyo Book Launch: Developing Infrastructure in Central Asia: Impacts and Financing Mechanisms March 29 Online How To Expand the COVID-19 Vaccine Production? March 29 Online Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development 2021 March 29-31 Online; Beirut PARIS21 Annual Meetings 2021 March 29-April 1 Online Virtual Conference on Fintech and COVID-19 March 30-April 1 Online Online Course on Biodiversity in Environmental Impact Assessments March 30-May 10 Online Data and Design: Making Stories Visible March 31 Online Using Artificial Intelligence for Social Good March 31 Online April IMF Inspired - Vaccinating the World April 5 Online Second FintechLAC Regional Event: Fintech: A Path to Recovery and Financial Inclusion April 5-9 Online 2021 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund April 5-11 Online Economic Recovery: Toward a Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Future April 6 Online IMF Seminar: Averting a COVID-19 Debt Trap April 6 Online African Development Bank Group 2021 Business Opportunities Seminar April 6-7 Online VEF Virtual Series: Investment and Partnership Needs April 7 Online Rethinking Debt: Financing the Future Amid Crisis April 7 Online Research and Policy Seminar: On the Future of Capitalism Post Covid-19 Pandemic April 7 Online; Washington Argentina’s Lithium Industry and Its Role in the Global Renewable Energy Transformation April 7 Online 11th ADBI-OECD-ILO Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Building Back Better April 7-8 Online ECOSOC Youth Forum 2021 April 7-8 New York Key Green Transitions: How Systems Are Changing for People and Planet April 8 Online Study Findings Webinar: Reaping the Benefits of Industry 4.0 Through Skills Development in High-Growth Industries in Southeast Asia - Insights from Cambodia April 8 Online Launch of the 2021 Latin American and Caribbean Macroeconomic Report April 8 Online; Washington IMF Seminar: Debate on the Global Economy April 8 Online A Conversation With Finance Ministers of Latin America and The Caribbean April 8 Online, Washington Saving Without Barriers in Colombia: Lessons From the Retirement Savings Laboratory’s Interventions April 8 Online Saving Without Barriers: Lessons From the Retirement Savings Laboratory’s Interventions April 8 Online COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries April 9 Online A Conversation With Central Bank Governors of Latin America and the Caribbean April 9 Online; Washington Overuse and Underuse of Acute Healthcare: Evidence From Mali April 12 Online Preliminary Information Sessions: ADB’s Safeguard Policy Review April 12-20 Online Online ADB Sanitation Dialogue 2021 April 12-22 Online INTERNATIONAL OBSERVANCES International Day of Education Jan. 25 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Jan. 27 World Leprosy Day Jan. 31 International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation Feb. 6 International Day of Women and Girls in Science Feb. 11 World Day of Social Justice Feb. 20 International Mother Language Day Feb. 21 Zero Discrimination Day March 1 World Wildlife Day March 3 International Women's Day March 8 International Day of Happiness March 20 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination March 21 International Day of Forests March 21 World Down Syndrome Day March 21 World Water Day March 22 March 23 World Meteorological Day International Day of Sport for Development and Peace April 6 World Health Day April 7 International Mother Earth Day April 22 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development May 21