We are excited to announce our delegation attending the World Bank Annual Meetings this fall!
SustainUS will be sending a delegation of 18 young people to the annual World Bank Annual Meetings from October 9th-15th 2017 in Washington, D.C. Our SustainUS delegates will advocate for the World Bank Group to change its policies on climate change and equitable distribution of development finance.
What is the World Bank?
The World Bank provides financial and technical assistance for developing countries. It is a partnership that promotes the reduction of poverty and is managed by member countries.
Why the World Bank Group?
Despite the bank’s public recognition of climate change as a serious threat to development, the World Bank’s current portfolio includes lucrative fossil fuel projects and limited finance for those living in energy poverty, for whom finance is most difficult to access.
Every fall, the governing body of the World Bank Group holds Annual Meetings to discuss their work on international economic development and project financing. The Annual Meetings offer the chance to engage with delegates from 189 member countries as well as the broader general public. Over 10,000 people attend these meetings, including a substantial number groups representing civil society (the public) from around the world. From October 9th-13th, delegates will engage in a series of panels and roundtables that are held to engage civil society and press on the bank’s work.
SustainUS will work on the side to publish media and art as a means of engaging the non-attending public on the goings-on the of the meetings and how it will impact the world. SustainUS’s role at this meeting will be to:
(1) shine a spotlight on the inconsistencies between the World Bank’s mission and its actions;
(2) build media narratives that make the World Bank and its role combatting climate change understandable to the public;
and (3) create political cover for other CSOs to demand more ambitious and just action.
(will be announced shortly on our website)