How to Strengthen Cooperation in a Fragmenting World

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Center for Global Development
2055 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036
*In-Person and Virtual Conference


"How to Strengthen Cooperation in a Fragmenting World" is held in partnership with the Center for Global Development and the International Finance Forum.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the framework of international cooperation established at Bretton Woods in 1944. Given the challenges facing the world today—especially cross-border issues—cooperation has never been more needed. And yet, support for multilateralism would seem to be more at risk than at any time since Bretton Woods—fueled by increasing geo-economic  fragmentation. A world of declining cooperation will leave us all poorer, less secure, and in a weaker position to address the challenges of the 21st century. Against this backdrop, the discussion co-hosted by CGD, BWC, and IFF will focus on practical ideas to reinvigorate cooperation in the international financial and development sphere.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Sir Masood Ahmed, President, Center for Global Development
  • Caroline Atkinson, Senior Advisor, RockCreek Group; Trustee and Member of Advisory Council, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Vera Songwe, Chair and Founder of the Liquidity and Sustainability Facility; Member, BWC Multilateral Reform Working Group; Senior advisor to the BIS Financial Stability Institute; and Co-Chair of the Independent High Level Expert Panel on Climate Change
  • Zhu Xian, Executive Vice President, International Finance Forum (IFF); former Vice President, World Bank
  • Gillian Tett (moderator), Columnist and Editorial Board, Financial Times; Provost, Kings College, Cambridge