The social and human development dimensions of globalisation including human rights are “critical aspects of the Bank’s efforts in working with the international community to further the Millennium Development Goals.” Bank Management has decided to create a Senior Adviser position in the Managing Director’s Office to advise on the Bank’s position and approaches on these issues. Alfredo Sfeir-Younis has been appointed to this position effective April 2003. Sfeir-Younis was previously the Bank’s Special Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and in New York.
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Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.
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