Welcome to the 2016 World Bank & IMF Annual Meetings!

Back in 2000, eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were set by the United Nations to address structural poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to water and sanitation worldwide by the year 2015. Now that 2015 came and passed, the U.N. met once again to discuss a new set of goals for the near future.

During the U.N. Sustainable Development Summit in September of 2015, world leaders created “17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030” to be achieved across the by all member nations:

The Global Young Leaders’ Dialogue at George Washington University will be geared toward providing participants with a deeper understanding of development financing models to help them develop their own ideas. It will feature our second global IdeaLab with keynote presentations from World Bank officials, breakout sessions for teams to develop their proposals with mentoring support, as well as networking sessions with representatives from the World Bank, academia, and the private sector. At the end of the IdeaLab, each team will submit a draft Executive Summary of its ideas.

We have divided the 17 development goals into five categories and collected a few resources to help you start brainstorming:

Infrastructure is essential to a thriving economy as it provides the fundamental framework to support any type of economic activity. The SDGs strive to ensure fair and unobstructed access to quality infrastructure, which is in turn expected to stimulate economic growth. Although the extent of the impact of infrastructure on economic development is sometimes contentious, experts generally agree that sustainable development will depend on resilient and innovative infrastructure:

Water and sanitation infrastructure needs to be improved so that universal and equitable access to potable water is available to all. International investment in clean energy infrastructure must set a precedent for climate action. Construction of roads and bridges enables effective transportation to work, and increases labor market efficiency. It is estimated that 50 trillion dollars are needed to fill the infrastructure gap.

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