This report argues that human rights are an integral
part of effective and sustainable development, and should be explicitly considered in all World Bank
Group (WBG) investment decisions. We examine
the WBG’s integration of human rights standards
into its operations — highlighting accomplishments,
shortcomings, and barriers — and suggest ways forward.
A Copenhagen agreement on climate change will likely take a legally binding form, but one that provides for a range of commitments by countries. This Working Paper clarifies a complex set of issues around the legal character of commitments and weighs the potential risks and benefits to countries of expressing their “nationally appropriate mitigation actions” (NAMAs) in a legally binding form.
As the Asia Clean Energy Forum kicks off next week, the Asian Development Bank and other multilateral development banks should do more to integrate climate change and clean energy considerations as a core part of their development assistance.