The Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), a World Bank-administered body that advises countries on water privatisation projects, is facing renewed challenges. On 22 May activists held an international conference in parallel to the PPIAF annual meeting in The Hague. Over 130 organisations signed onto an open letter to PPIAF donors calling for them: “to oppose the extension of PPIAF’s remit and instead to collaborate together to create a wholly new mechanism to support public-public partnerships in the water sector.” Building on Norway’s withdrawal in the spring (see Update 55), the Italian government responded to the letter by agreeing to stop its funding of the controversial entity.
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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