President Paul Wolfowitz named two Europeans to senior posts in early September. Vincenzo La Via, former Italian Treasury official and Banca Intesa executive, was appointed chief financial officer. From 1985 to 1991 he worked at the World Bank, spending a year as advisor to the Italian executive director, and then working as senior investment officer in the treasury department. Lars Thunell, who served as chief executive of Sweden’s SEB banking group, was named the IFC’s executive vice president. Thunell was also recently appointed board member of Statoil, and is a board member of SLA, an international forestry and paper product company.
This briefing emphasises the interdependence between the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement, in terms of ensuring that all new infrastructure is climate resilient and aligned with the low- or zero-carbon pathways required to avert catastrophic climate change – which would render achieving the SDGs impossible.
World Bank Enabling the Business of Agriculture rankings prescribe land privatisation at the expense of family farmers, pastoralists, and Indigenous Peoples.
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