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Transition Talks: Building a Sustainable Future, E5: Harnessing Data to Tackle Poverty

In this edition of Transition talks, we are joined by Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the 48th President of Costa Rica, to discuss the power of data, in particular how a Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index (MPI), which goes beyond simple monetary measures, was used to great effect in tackling poverty in Costa Rica. We discuss the importance of public/private partnerships, and how the private sector can play its part, embracing these measures to understand challenges which employees face, as well as removing risk from global supply chains. This wide-ranging and fascinating conversation also covers oceans and natural capital, in particular the President’s decision to be one of the first countries in the world to adopt a net zero target for 2050, and very topically, how this can be balanced with the ‘Just Transition’ in a world of pressing needs and limited fiscal headroom, by looking holistically at benefits rather than just costs.

Host: Jason Channell, Head of Sustainable Finance, Citi Global Insights  

Featuring: President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Former President of Costa Rica

The views expressed herein are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. or its affiliates. All opinions are subject to change without notice. Neither the information provided nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. The expressions of opinion are not intended to be a forecast of future events or a guarantee of future results.

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