The IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has appointed yet another “committee of eminent persons” to try to fix the Fund’s problems with internal governance. It turns out a report by the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) (see Update 61), an independent high-level panel (see Update 55), a book from the G24 group of developing countries (see Update 48) and numerous letters, reports, and briefings by parliamentarians, academics, officials and NGOs are not enough. The committee – including South African finance minister Trevor Manuel, former IMF head Michel Camdessus and academic Amartya Sen among others – will report back by April 2009. Strauss-Kahn hopes “the committee’s perspective will provide yet another important input to our reform efforts.” He is planning for quick action: concrete proposals by the annual meetings in the autumn of 2009.
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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