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2004 Annual Meetings

Final 

About the 2004 Annual Meetings
About the Dialogues with Civil Society Organizations
Schedule of Dialogues with CSOs at 2004 Annual Meetings (with summaries of the discussions)
Program of Seminars
Accreditation to the Annual Meetings
Civil Society Meeting Rooms/Work Spaces at the Annual Meetings
General Information in French and Spanish


About the 2004 Annual Meetings

The Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group (Bank) and the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (Fund) normally meet once a year to discuss the work of their respective institutions. The 2004 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors, along with related meetings and events, took place in Washington, D.C. on October 2-3, 2004  [and not on October 4-5 as originally planned].  Please see the press release announcing the final date.

In recent years, the Annual Meetings have been preceded by meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the Development Committee, the Group of Ten, the Group of Twenty-Four, and various other groups of members. At the conclusion of their meetings, the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee, as well as several other groups, issue communiqués.

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About the Dialogues with Civil Society Organizations

Because the Annual Meetings bring such a large number of member country officials together, they provide opportunities for consultations large and small, formal and informal. Numerous seminars were held in conjunction with the Meetings, including seminars conducted by staff members for members of civil society or the press.

In an effort to address the major development challenges and in response to requests coming from civil society, a number of Policy Dialogue Sessions for accredited CSO representatives were organized around the 2004 Annual Meetings between Wednesday, September 29 and Wednesday, October 6. Summaries of some of these discussions are available.

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Program of Seminars

The Program of Seminars creates a forum during the Annual Meetings for private sector representatives, government delegates, CSOs, and senior World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund officials to engage in dialogue on finding solutions to the major financial and development challenges confronting the international community. The Program includes roundtable discussion, seminars, and country briefings. The 2004 Program of Seminars took place at WB Headquarters in Washington, DC on Friday, October 1.

The following sessions of the Program of Seminars were open to all CSOs accredited to the Annual Meetings:

8:30 - 10:00 am
Towards Second-Generation Reforms: Mainstreaming The Knowledge Economy Agenda Into The Policy Debate
Panelists:
Eduardo Bitran, Chief Executive Office, Fundacion Chile; Jong-Kap Kim, Commissioner, Korean Intellectual Property Office; Jean-Francois Rischard, VP for Europe, World Bank Group
Moderator: Danny Leipziger, VP Designate, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network, World Bank Group

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
How to Make Accountability Mechanisms Effective
Panelists: Peter Eigen, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Transparency International
Rajendra Pachuri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Moderator: Edith Brown Weiss, Chair, The Inspection Panel, World Bank Group

1:15 - 2:45 pm
The Millennium Development Goals For Health - Rising To The Challenges
Panelists:
Masood Ahmed, Director General, Policy and International Development, Department for International Development (DFID), UK; Robert Mallett, Senior President, Corporate Affairs, Pfizer Inc.; Adam Wagstaff, Lead Economist, Health, World Bank Group
Moderator: Jean Louis Sarbib, Senior VP and Head of Human Development Network, World Bank Group

4:00 - 5:00 pm
Issues In Governance of the Bretton Woods Institutions
Panelists
: Representatives of the governments of India, Brazil, China, Nigeria and Canada
Moderator: Leo Van Houtven, President, The Per Jacobsson Foundation, International Monetary Fund

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Accreditation to the Annual Meetings

Representatives of civil society organizations, as all visitors, must apply for accreditation in order to gain access to the Annual Meetings venues and related events.  For 2004 Annual Meetings CSOs were able to request accreditation through a new web-based accreditation system.  

As you might know, all requests for visitors, including civil society, are subject to clearance. Each request is being cleared by the Executive Director of the country from which the request originates. That process is being coordinated by the Special Guests and Visitors Office at the World Bank.  

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Civil Society Meeting Rooms/Work Spaces at the Annual Meetings

Civil Society representatives accredited to the Annual Meetings had at their disposal two sets of meeting spaces in the IMF and WB buildings.

CSOs had a meeting space (close to the press room) in the IMF building for meetings with journalists, CSO press conferences etc. It was equipped with work stations and a live feed from the press conference room.  All communiqués and other press releases as soon as they become public and available to journalists were distributed in that space.  All accredited CSOs were able to sit in on press conferences on a space available basis. Fund and Bank external relations staff facilitated these contacts.

At the WB main building, CSOs had a number of smaller meeting spaces equipped with computers, printers, copiers and phones.  An adjasent big conference room was used for the Policy Dialogue Sessions organized jointly by the WB/IMF Civil Society Teams in coordination with other teams and CSOs themselves. 

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Last updated: October 8, 2004




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