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New Resources for the 2010 World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings

Thousands of finance ministers and central bankers from around the world descend on D.C. this weekend for the semi-annual meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. These meetings have become an important opportunity for civil society, NGOs, journalists, and the private sector to engage with bank staff and country delegates on an array of issues in international economic development, from poverty reduction to clean energy.

The timing of these spring meetings is especially crucial now, as the World Bank conducts an ongoing review of its Energy Strategy. This strategy will guide all World Bank Group energy-related lending for the next decade.

WRI’s International Financial Flows and the Environment (IFFE) Program works to improve the environmental and social decision-making of these and other Multilateral Development Banks. These institutions are in a unique position; they can continue to drive investments in a conventional “business as usual” manner or they can raise environmental and social standards through their lending practices.

In preparation for the Spring Meetings, WRI has the following resources:



The World Bank’s Energy Strategy: Hosted by the World Resources Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Center for American Progress (CAP), and International Rivers

Finance for Climate Change: 2010 Opportunities in Developing Countries: The World Resources Institute and McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP host a panel discussion on the role of private sector investment in addressing climate change mitigation in a time of economic and policy uncertainty.

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