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Climate change affects the world’s poorest first and worst. Yet it is a problem the whole world shares that can only be addressed through international cooperation. CGD’s work on climate finance looks at economic incentives that benefit us all—by helping developing countries work together with other governments, institutions, and corporations to reduce emissions.
Nobel Prize laureate and former World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz will discuss his new book, Making Globalization Work. He offers fresh ideas including a plan to restructure a global financial system made unstable by U.S. debt, ways countries can grow without degrading the environment, and a framework for free and fair global trade. Stiglitz argues that economic globalization continues to outpace the political structures and the moral sensitivity needed for a just and sustainable world, and proposes ways to close the gap.
Starting in the 1950s, Norman Borlaug led an international effort to develop short, fertilizer-responsive grain varieties that became the basis of the Green Revolution, more than doubling harvests and helping to avert famines in much of the developing world, especially Asia. Borlaug has also been a tireless and effective force for better food policies, better aid strategies—and for a Green Revolution in Africa, which failed to reap the benefits of the first Green Revolution. The discussion will address several dimensions of the global food economy, including the role of food aid, the agricultural policies of rich countries, and the potential of bio-technology, with a focus on what will work in Africa.