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Rachel Kyte is Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank. As such, she has overall responsibilities for the organization’s global work in agriculture, infrastructure, urban development, environment, disaster risk management, and social development. Ms. Kyte is responsible for driving the World Bank’s leadership on inclusive green growth and climate change.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Kyte had been Vice President for Business Advisory Services at the International Finance Corporation. Working with private sector clients, IFC Advisory Services increase access to finance, improve standards, and transform markets with more sustainable business practices.
Ms. Kyte is Professor of Practice in Sustainable Development at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston.She holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.A. in politics and history from the University of London.
Ms. Kyte on the International Women's Earth and Climate Summit:
“Promoting gender equality is not just the right thing to do for the human rights of half the world’s population; it is essential as we step up to the climate challenge. Women's decisions as consumers, investors, entrepreneurs and heads of households influence the amount of carbon that is released into the atmosphere every day. Women's drive for action helps to prepare communities for disasters and keeps them together when it strikes.
We need women's leadership to build climate resilience and promote inclusive, green growth - and we need more such leadership, now. This timely and important conference brings together women from different walks of life and from all over the world. Together, their creativity and commitment can move the needle that drives the world into effective climate action.”