On 30 May, the Spanish parliament approved a motion requiring the executive to report annually on Spanish positions adopted at the World Bank and IMF. The government will also have to report on the decisions taken by these institutions with regards to foreign debt, the “fight against poverty” and the Millennium Development Goals. The motion asks for: greater transparency on the financial resources allocated to the Bank and Fund; a strengthened presence of development experts and professionals in the IFIs; and promotion of research on the socio-economic impact of IFI actions undertaken at the initiative of Spain.
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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