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Kristalina Georgieva and Lord Nicholas Stern Talk Climate

February 22, 2020

IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva and Lord Nicholas Stern say good economic policy will help climate action. (IMF photo)

Mitigating the effects of climate change takes a multifaceted approach with economic policy playing a pivotal role. In this podcast, we hear from two influential people at the very center of where economic and environmental policies meet. IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva and Lord Nicholas Stern, of the London School of Economics, discuss the significance of the Special Report on Climate Change published in 2018 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and how financial institutions can help countries live up to their Paris accord pledges to reduce carbon emissions. Nicholas Stern is Chairman of LSE's Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and author of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change published in 2006.

Kristalina Georgieva is IMF Managing Director, and Lord Nicholas Stern is Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics.

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Afsaneh Beschloss: Green Bonds for a Greener Future

February 14, 2020

Green bonds support clean energy projects such as solar panel and wind turbine installations. (iStock by Getty Images/2Mmedia)

Bonds have been helping corporations and governments finance infrastructure and large-scale projects for hundreds of years. But the last decade has seen the emergence of green bonds, driven by increasing environmental awareness within the business community. In this podcast, founder and CEO of Rock Creek, Afsaneh Beschloss, says global asset management firms like hers are seeing a growing demand for climate-related investments. In the first half of 2019 alone, new certified green bond issues topped $100 billion globally. Prior to Rock Creek, Beschloss was treasurer and chief investment officer of the World Bank. Her article A Greener Future for Finance, co-authored with Mina Mashayekhi, is published in the December 2019 edition of Finance and Development Magazine.

Afsaneh Beschloss is founder and CEO of RockCreek, a global asset management firm.

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South Africa: Escaping the Growth Doldrums

January 29, 2020

Inefficiencies in South Africa's state-owned enterprises have triggered costly government bailouts of electricity provider Eskom and others. (iStock by Getty images/brazzo)

South Africa is an important economy in sub-Saharan Africa and when growth is high the entire region benefits. But the latest review of South Africa's economy shows real GDP growth is estimated at about 0.4 percent in 2019 and projected to moderately rise to 1½ percent in the medium term: a level insufficient to raise per-capita income and reduce unemployment. In this podcast, economist Ana Lucia Coronel says South Africa's growth slowdown in recent years stems in part from slow reform implementation to tackle structural impediments to growth. Coronel heads the South Africa team and oversees the writing of the IMF's annual assessment of South Africa's economy.

Ana Lucia Coronel is IMF Division Chief for the Southern Africa region and heads the team for South Africa.

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Tackling Inequality and Climate Change: A Youth’s Perspective

January 28, 2020

How can we address inequality in the 21st century? Start with climate change. (photo: iStock by Getty images/Si-Gal)

Inequality and climate change are two of the most pressing issues of our time, with repercussions likely to last long into the future. In this podcast, IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath sits down with two young leaders to talk about how best to tackle these issues. Lyndsay Walsh (Trinity College, Dublin) and Tarik Gooptu (University of Oxford) are both students and both of a generation that is highly motivated to bridge income gaps and stop global warming. Walsh and Gooptu are the winners of an essay competition launched by Finance and Development Magazine. Their essays are published in the December 2019 issue.

Gita Gopinath is the Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF's Research Department.

Lyndsay Walsh is a graduate in natural sciences of Trinity College Dublin.

Tarik Gooptu is studying philosophy in economics at the University of Oxford.

Ian Parry: A Carbon Tax for a Taxing Problem

January 20, 2020

Carbon-pricing strategies key to meeting Paris Agreement objectives. (Istock/AlexyPnferov)

Without major efforts to reduce the accumulation of carbon emissions in the atmosphere, future generations will inherit a much warmer planet with risks of dangerous climate events, higher sea levels, and destruction of the natural world. In this podcast, economist Ian Parry makes the case for carbon taxation as the most effective way to nudge people towards cleaner fuels and to encourage them to adopt more efficient appliances or lower emission vehicles. But while convincing people to buy electric cars and more efficient appliances is important, the largest CO2 emitting countries need to work together to make a real dent in global greenhouse gas emissions. That, Parry says, is proving to be difficult. Parry's latest article Putting a Price on Pollution is published in the December 2019 edition of Finance and Development Magazine.

Ian Parry is principal environmental fiscal policy expert in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department.

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