Scientists from 99 nations issued a report in late January that predicted severe climate change. Robert Watson, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and chief science adviser to the World Bank said “the poor in developing countries will be the most affected” mainly through droughts and other disasters. In the most extreme projections the report said melting polar ice could raise sea levels by up to three meters over the next 1,000 years. The report is the most authoritative evidence yet to warn that air pollution threatens to drastically shift weather patterns.
After 4 years of on-off negotiation and public opposition, the government of Egypt has signed a loan deal with the IMF whose impacts civil society fears will encroach upon human rights, social protection and social provision, like health and education, upon which the poorest depend.
Investments by the World Bank-hosted Global Financing Facility (GFF) do not reflect the family planning priorities identified by developing countries and local communities. The GFF also continues to suffer from a lack of transparency and meaningful civil society participation, raising doubts about the new mechanism’s effectiveness.
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