The World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings are coming soon! This year the meetings will be held over a 3-day period, from October 20 to 22, at the WB and IMF headquarters in Washington D.C.
Civil society groups are organising events from October 18. Also, from October 14 to 21, various citizen actions and mobilizations will take place worldwide, as part of the Week of Global Action vs. Debt and IFIs.
These will take the form of special meetings inside and outside Washington. For the first time Robert Zoellick is in office at the World Bank and Rato will be closing its term in advance at the IMF. The IFIs role and legitimacy is being hardly questioned, and the IMF selection process of the new Managing Director is another example of that (read updated comments on IMF leadership selection process blog). Regarding this and other hot topics we would like to hear your opinions.
If you are attending the Washington’s Meetings, please list yourself in the Who’s in Town list, use the 2007 Annual Meetings WB – IMF blog to reflect on your personal experiences and view the list of events where actions of Civil Society will take place: 2007 Annual Meetings of WB and IMF.
Check the IFIwatchnet coverage during the annual meetings season and keep yourself informed with day to day updates and analysis!
Listed Events during 2007 Annual Meetings WB – IMF (Washington D.C, October 20-22)
Protest: Cancel Debt Fast: Thursday 6 Sep 2007 – 15 Oct 2007
Hosted by Jubilee USA
The 2007 Jubilee Act would provide expanded debt cancellation for many countries that were not included in the 2005 G8 agreement and need debt cancellation to address extreme poverty. Moving the Jubilee Act through Congress is the central goal of this fall’s Cancel Debt Fast, a rolling 40-day fast for debt cancellation that will take place from September 6 to October 15, 2007. More info.
Protest: Week of Global Action vs. Debt and IFIs — Debtweek: Sunday 14 Oct 2007 – 21 Oct 2007
Despite all promises, the debt problem is not over. What can you do? More Info.
Roundtable/workshop: Innovations for the Inspection Panel (Washington D.C), Wednesday 17 Oct 2007 – 17 Oct 2007
Hosted by Bank Information Center (BIC), International Rivers Network (IRN), Centre for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and Heinrich-Boell Foundation and International
A half-day workshop on IFI accountability to discuss the effectiveness of the World Bank Inspection Panel in providing relief to communities impacted by World Bank projects, and to share ideas for addressing any current challenges to the effectiveness of the Panel. More info.
Protest: National Mobilization Against the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank/October Rebellion
Thursday 18 Oct 2007 – 21 Oct 2007
As part of the Week of Global Action vs. Debt and IFIs, 50 Years Is Enough is calling for a united mobilization against the World Bank and IMF during the annual meetings. More Info.
Launch: Mapping Multilateral Development Banks’ Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Spending, 12:30-2pm (Washington, DC), Thursday 18 Oct 2007 – 18 Oct 2007
Hosted by Gender Action
Gender Action is delighted to officially launch Mapping Multilateral Development Banks’ Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Spending—the first report assessing the quantity and quality of Multilateral Development Banks’ (MDBs’) spending for reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. More Info.
Meeting: 2007 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF, Friday 19 Oct 2007 – 22 Oct 2007
The Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) hold their Annual Meetings to discuss a range of issues related to poverty reduction, international economic development and finance. The Annual Meetings are held in Washington, D.C. every 2 out of 3 years.
Launch: Gender Justice: A Citizen’s Guide to Gender Accountability at International Financial Institutions, 12:30-2pm (Washington, DC ), Friday 19 Oct 2007 – 19 Oct 2007
Hosted by Environmental Law Institute
The Center for International Environmental Law and Gender Action are proud to launch Gender Justice: A Citizen’s Guide to Gender Accountability at International Financial Institutions (IFIs). This first Guide comparing IFI gender policies and accountability mechanisms provides tools for women and men harmed by gender discrimination in IFI investments. More Info.
Conference: Sharing Experiences: Local Responses to Problematic IFC-funded projects in the former Soviet Union (Washington, DC), Monday 22 Oct 2007 – 22 Oct 2007
Hosted by Bank Information Center, Crude Accountability
Conference will serve as an exchange of ideas by activists who have challenged the lending practices of the International Finance Corporation. More Info.