Dialogue with Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda
|[Date]||Thursday, October 18, 10:30-11:30|
|[Venue]||Conference Room, 3rd floor, Ito International Research Center, The University of Tokyo
|[Speaker]||Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, The World Bank|
|[Moderator]||Hiroshi Naka, Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, The University of Tokyo|
|[Organized by]||Policy Alternatives Research Institute, The University of Tokyo|
|[Co-organized by]||Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo|
A round table seminar with Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, attracted more than 30 participants at Ito International Research Center on October 18, 2018. The seminar was organized by the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI) together with the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP). The dialogue was opened by introductory remarks by Professor Hiroshi Naka of PARI serving thereafter as the moderator. Following Mr. Mohieldin's presentation titled “Partnership for the 2030 Agenda: Role of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), participants exchanged opinions on the World Bank Group's efforts towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs). One of the participants prepared a summary as follows.
“It was a great learning opportunity to hear from Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, the World Bank Group's Senior Vice President, about the seven mega-trends that are reshaping the global society and the role of the World Bank Group in navigating these trends towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The talk underlined the three major areas where the partnering nations want the World Bank Group to intensify its efforts to ensure shared prosperity and equitable growth. More efforts are needed to support fragile and conflict- ridden economies, to improve private sector participation in achieving the 2030 agenda, and to ensure that the gender-based barriers are cleared to enable women in exercising their full capabilities. Mr. Mohieldin then identified three main enablers essential in advancing the 2030 agenda. All nations, both developing and developed, are to double their data gathering efforts to identify and promote efficient policies. Private sector capital, skills and resources need to be leveraged on a large scale to complement the scarce public resources. Finally, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) are to be promoted to ensure efficient implementation of various policies. While engaging with the students and faculty members, Mr. Mohieldin highlighted the need for greater political commitment towards sustainable development, the need for innovative data collection methods, and the need for de-centralized, bottom-up and community-driven action.
(by Karthik Varada from Graduate School of Engineering)