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Speech by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim : tackling the most difficult problems - infrastructure, Ebola, and climate change (Inglês)

These remarks were delivered by the World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings 2014 Washington, D.C., United States. The topic was “Tackling the Most Difficult Problems: Infrastructure, Ebola and Climate Change.” Mr. Kim talked about the expansion and successes of the World Bank. He said the Bank is fighting two global threats: the Ebola epidemic; and climate change. He said Ebola poses one of the most complex and difficult challenges that he has ever seen as an infectious disease physician. He outlines the way the Bank is working with other agencies and countries to combat Ebola. Mr. Kim said that the work on Ebola to date has been heavily informed by the Bank's focus on climate change. The Bank has a plan of keeping a global increase in temperature below 2 degrees Celsius. The plan has five parts: put a price on carbon; eliminate fossil fuel subsidies; build cleaner cities, increase climate-smart agricultural practices, and invest in renewable sources of energy. He concludes that increasing global fragility and volatility are challenging. The Bank’s aggression and creativity to apply large-scale solutions to help states manage, prepare for, recover from and conquer these risks will be maintained.

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