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Webinar: Build Back Better: Perspectives on COVID-19 Response and Recovery

The first in a series of virtual seminars highlights how policymakers and leaders can design coronavirus stimulus packages to create jobs and foster inclusive, sustainable economic growth.

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The coronavirus pandemic is upending society in ways that would have been hard to imagine just a few weeks ago. First and foremost a health emergency, COVID-19 has also hit economies like a global tsunami, closing national borders, shuttering factories, slashing consumer demand and slowing global trade. Workers and small businesses are bearing the brunt of the economic fallout.

With the pandemic triggering a global economic slowdown, leaders are searching for ways to stabilize impacted industries and shore up their economies. The decisions they make now will have long-lasting effects, so they must choose wisely.

WRI economists and policy experts share lessons from previous economic stimulus packages, highlighting opportunities for “shovel-ready,” job-creating, high-efficiency, low-carbon infrastructure in China, United States, Africa and elsewhere. Speakers also explain the negative consequences of propping up failing fossil fuel projects that utilize outdated economic models and past-century technologies, creating air pollution that kills millions of people annually. Finally, our panelists discuss how it is essential that governments not only jump-start their economies but also protect citizens from major threats of all kinds, including extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and increased water risk driven by climate change.

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