Past Event – From Rising Inequalities to Shared Societies – The need to create a sustainable International Monetary and Financial System

High-Level Conference, Sunday, September 25th, 2011; 9am-6pm, IMF HQ2 Building, Room HQ2-01-280 (A&B)

Sigrid Kaag, Alfred Gusenbauer, Chrystia Freeland and Alejandro Toledo [left to right]Neither national nor international policies adopted in response to recent crises have translated into strong recoveries. The rebound has been especially weak in the labor markets. In addition, the limited role that public policy has played in addressing chronic and increasing inequality—especially the particular challenges presented by group inequalities, which are fuelled by perceived and real injustice, and often have international dimensions—underscores the urgency of finding ways to correct these ineffective policies.  The main objective of this conference, jointly organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Club de Madrid and Center of Concern, has been to promote this discussion among influential current and former policymakers and key thinkers in the context of the 2011 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Panelists: Alfred Gusenbauer (Chancellor of Austria [2007-2008]; Member, Club de Madrid), Sigrid Kaag (Assistant Secretary General and Director of Partnership Bureau, UNDP),  Y. Venugopal Reddy (Governor, Reserve Bank of India [2003-2008]; Member, Palais Royal Initiative), Alejandro Toledo (President of Peru [2001-2006]; Member, Club de Madrid), Sanjeev Gupta (Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF), Chrystia Freeland (Editor, Thompson Reuters Digital), Isabel Ortiz (Associate Director, UNICEF), Michael Kumhof (Deputy Chief, Modeling Unit, IMF Research Department), Raymond Torres (Director, International Institute for Labour Studies, ILO), Richard Freeman (Professor of Economics, Harvard University), Josè Antonio Ocampo (Professor, School of International and Public Affairs), Jonathan Coppel (Economic Counsellor to the OECD Secretary General), Rogério Studart (Executive Director to the World Bank from Brazil), Jomo Kwame Sundaram (Assistant Secretary General, UN-DESA), Emmanuel Moulin (Economic Advisor to French President Sarkozy), Pablo Pereira (Former IMF Executive Director  from Argentina), Ulrich Volz (Senior Economist, German Development Institute), Rishi Goyal (Deputy Chief, Strategy, Policy and Review Dept. IMF)

Programme

Coppel presentation
Kumhof presentation
Moulin presentation
Ortiz presentation
Pereira presentation
Torres presentation

Background Publication
“New Directions for International Financial & Monetary Policy: Reducing Inequality for Shared Societies”

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