Bretton Woods Revisited: A Monetary and Financial Order for the 21st Century

Key information

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Virtual event
Event type
Conference & Event highlights

About this event

July 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of the Bretton Woods Agreement, a pivotal moment in history that established the global financial and monetary order post-World War II, leading to the creation of institutions like the IMF and World Bank. 

While some elements have changed over the decades, the core structure remains largely intact. However, in the face of unprecedented ecological challenges, and shifting economic power dynamics, the current framework is proving inadequate. Among its limitations are the lack of fair representation for developing economies, inadequate attention to climate risks, and the disproportionate influence of the US dollar.

Against this backdrop, an international consortium of think tanks is hosting a webinar discussion on Tuesday 25 June 2024 to discuss how to restructure the global economic governance to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The event will feature a statement from the co-hosting institutions outlining key reform priorities for the international financial architecture, followed by a panel discussion with influential economists and policymakers from around the world.

This event is co-hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Finance at SOAS University of London, the Centre for Social and Economic Progress from India, the BRICS Policy Center from Brazil, the Boston University Global Development Policy Center from the US, the Institute for Economic Justice from South Africa, and the Heinrich Böll Foundation from Germany. By bringing together a wide range of institutions and speakers this event aims to foster an international dialogue on how the system can be revitalised and made more inclusive and responsive to current and future needs.

Header image credit: Pavel Brodsky via Unplash.


Introduction and keynote

  • Ulrich Volz, Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance, SOAS University of London

Panel discussion

  • Dr Rakesh Mohan, President Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Social and Economic Progress
  • Annalisa Prizzon, Principal Research Fellow in the Development and Public Finance Programme, ODI
  • Ayanda Dlodlo, Executive Director for Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, World Bank Group
  • Tatiana Berringer, Coordinator of the Social G20 in the Finance Track, Ministry of Finance, Brazil
  • Shari Spiegel, Chief of the Policy Analysis & Development Branch in the Financing for Development Office, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA)

Moderation by Kamal Ramburuth, Researcher, Institute for Economic Justice, South Africa.

The event is open to all, but registration is required to receive the zoom link.