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Monday, 16. November 2020 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Save in my calendar

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Greening the Recovery in Time of Debt Distress

Launch of the Report on ‘Debt Relief for Green and Inclusive Recovery’ (3:00-4:30 pm; CET)

A global debt crisis is looming. Even before COVID-19 swept the world, the International Monetary Fund deemed global public debt burden a high risk for the majority of developing countries – noting that half of the lower-income countries were ‘at high risk of or already in debt distress.’ As the COVID crisis worsens, developing countries face steep output contractions, massive increases in unemployment and poverty as well as limited fiscal space, while the COVID relief and recovery effort demands a massive upscaling of expenditures.

This new, systemic debt crisis emerges at a critical time when the global climate crisis demands the urgent mobilisation of huge investment in mitigation and adaptation. Moreover, partly driven by policy, partly by technological disruption, fossil fuels are transitioning from being an asset to a liability, amounting to a third systemic crisis sweeping capital markets and the developing world. It is at the intersection of these three systemic crises that new and innovative answers need to be urgently found, breaking through silos of international policy making.

Against this backdrop, the Debt Relief for Green and Inclusive Recovery (DRGR) project is putting forward an ambitious proposal for concerted and comprehensive debt relief on a global scale that frees up resources in heavily indebted developing countries to support recoveries in a sustainable way, boosts economies’ resilience, and fosters a just transition to a low-carbon economy.

Join us during London Climate Action Week on Monday, 16 November, for the launch of the ‘Debt Relief for Green and Inclusive Recovery.’ report.


  • Barbara Unmüßig, President Heinrich Böll Foundation

Keynote Addresses:

  • Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister & Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment, Barbados
  • Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Presentation of Report:

  • Shamshad Akhtar, Former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan and Finance Minister of Pakistan
  • Ulrich Volz, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance at SOAS, University of London


  • Moritz Kraemer, Chief Economic Adviser of Acreditus, former Global Chief Ratings Officer S&P Sovereign Ratings.


  • Kevin P. Gallagher, Professor of Global Development Policy at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies & Director of the Global Development Policy Center, Boston University


  • Stephany Griffith Jones, Financial Markets Program Director at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University


Information on the Event:
Fiona Hauke
Heinrich Böll Foundation
Mail: hauke@boell.de

For more information on the project, please visit the Website drgr.org and suscribe to our Newsletter

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