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World Bank Campaign Europe

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world bank campaign europe

 

Name:World Bank Campaign Europe
International Organization:Wolrd Bank
Active:Yes
From: To:2007 -
Promoters:Non governmental organisations
Supporters: 
Aim: 
Official web site (not active):
http://www.worldbankcampaigneurope.org/
Focus:

 

Who supports the campaign

On Monday 5 March 2007 over 65 non-governmental organisations from across Europe launched a new campaign to challenge the World Bank. The campaign launch coincides with the start of negotiations for further funding from rich country governments for the Bank.

The campaign's objectives

The NGOs backing the campaign are calling for European governments to press the Bank to accept specific reforms or to channel their funding elsewhere. The reforms are in the areas of economic policy reform and fossil fuel lending. They urge European governments to use these contributions to leverage reform at the World Bank during the current funding "replenishment" round, to ensure that the Bank becomes an agency that acts in the interest of the world's poorest people. If it fails to stop using policy economic conditions and continues to push fossil fuels, these European governments should consider permanently redirecting funding away from the Bank through other mechanisms which respect country ownership and take the necessary leadership in adressing climate change.

Appeal

Put your money where your mouth is. A challenge to European governments to leverage reform at the World Bank

The role of the World Bank

At the current rate of progress, the international community will not achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Significant responsibility for this must rest with the World Bank, the world’s largest development institution. The Bank has presided over the application of a misguided development model that has undermined countries’ ability to chart their own development paths, and has often contributed to worsening poverty and to environmental degradation in many of the world's poorest countries.

Damaging economic policy conditions

The Bank is still imposing economic policy prescriptions on developing countries as a condition of their development lending. These conditions give developing countries little possibility to choose the economic and other policies they think best to reduce poverty, and they have often worsened the situation. The Bank should immediately stop tying their aid, loans and debt cancellation to particular economic policies, such as privatisation, liberalisation and restricting public spending on health and education, and should allow countries to make their own policy choices.


Funding fossil fuel development

The climate change emergency requires action before it’s too late. The poorest are being hit hardest and hit now. We recognise that Northern countries are the primary causes of climate change and that dramatic changes are needed in Europe. The World Bank remains one of the main public financiers of fossil fuel development which contributes massively to global warming and is destined largely for Northern consumption and multinational profits. The Bank should immediately start a complete phase out of financing for fossil fuel operations and oil aid, and instead should significantly scale-up support for renewable energy and energy efficiency.


European governments can make a difference

European governments are the world’s largest aid donors and we are campaigning for them to increase both the quantity and quality of their aid. European governments are the main donors to the World Bank Group and have a very prominent presence on the World Bank’s board. In 2007, the World Bank's funders, including European governments, are reviewing their financial contributions. We urge European governments to leverage reform at the World Bank during the current funding “replenishment” round, to ensure that the Bank becomes an agency that acts in the interests of the world’s poorest people. If the Bank fails to stop using economic policy conditions and continues to push fossil fuels, these European governments should consider redirecting funding away from the Bank through other mechanisms which respect country ownership and take the necessary leadership in addressing climate change.


A call to immediate action

European governments should act now. We call upon all European civil society organisations, trade unions, religious groups and business actors to raise their voice with us. The time has come to seriously question and change the role and policies of the World Bank. Change cannot wait.


  (*) Supporting organizations:

1

Attac Sweden

Sweden

2

Emmaus Björkå Association

Sweden

3

International Rivers Network

Germany

4

Alliance Sud

Switzerland

5

Forest Peoples Programme

United Kingdom

6

ActionAid International

International

7

Jubilee Debt Campaign

United Kingdom

8

A seed Europe

Netherlands

9

Service Center for Development Cooperation

Finland

10

Corporate Europe Observatory

Netherlands

11

CRBM/Manitese

Italy

12

CNCD

Belgium

13

Plan B

United Kingdom

14

People and Planet

United Kingdom

15

Afrika-Europa Netwerk

Netherlands

16

Ecologistas en Acción

Spain

17

Greenpeace International

Netherlands

18

The GATS Platform

Netherlands

19

Friends of the Earth - CEPA

Slovakia

20

Friends of the Earth - France

France

21

Diakonia

Sweden

22

CADTM

Belgium

23

Friends of the Earth - Hungary

Hungary

24

Christian Council of Sweden

Sweden

25

War on Want

United Kingdom

26

Friends of the Earth - Malta

Malta

27

Bretton Woods Project

United Kingdom

28

FIVAS

Norway

29

Umanotera / Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development

Slovenia

30

Secretariat del Fòrum UBUNTU

Spain

31

CCFD

France

32

Changemaker

Norway

33

SLUG

Norway

34

Norwegian Church Aid

Norway

35

Friends of the Earth - Finland

Finland

36

Amici della Terra/Friends of the Earth - Italy

Italy

37

Forum Syd

Sweden

38

Arci

Italy

39

Legambiente

Italy

40

FAIR

Italy

41

Campagna Sdebitarsi

Italy

42

CNCA

Italy

43

WWF Italy

Italy

44

FOCSIV

Italy

45

Lunaria

Italy

46

VIS

Italy

47

Centro Nuovo Modello di Sviluppo

Italy

48

Intersos

Italy

49

Armadilla onlus

Italy

50

CINI – Coordinamento Italiano Network Internazionali

Italy

51

Coop. Soc. Commercio Equo e Solidale

Italy

52

Associazione Italia Nicaragua

Italy

53

IDSE

Italy

54

CIPSI

Italy

55

ACLI

Italy

56

Spire

Norway

57

Urgewald

Germany

58

CISL

Italy

59

Medici per l’Ambiente –ISDE Italia

Italy

60

Eurodad

European

61

WEED

Germany

62

Christian Aid UK

United Kingdom

63

Christian Aid Ireland

Ireland

64

Observatori del Deute en la Globalització

Spain

65

World Vision – France

France

66

World Vision – United Kingdom

United Kingdom

67

EED

Germany

68

Milieudefensie/ Friends of the Earth – Netherlands

Netherlands

69

CEE Bankwatch Network

Europe

 

The official web site (no more active):

http://www.worldbankcampaigneurope.org/

 

 
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