From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report to the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has urged world leaders to take immediate and dramatic actions to avert catastrophic climate change following the release of the IPCC’s landmark report on the effects global temperature increases of 1.5C and 2C will have on the planet.

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The World Bank has launched a new human-capital index to assess countries based on how well they look after their people, aggregating data based on under‐5 mortality rates; expected learning‐adjusted years of school; adult survival rates; and stunting rates to score each country.


Following the failure of the Gates Foundation’s previous approach to improving education in the US, the organisation has developed a new strategy for tackling the issue which it is beginning to implement but experts have noted the Foundation is funding many of the same groups as before and some feel the new initiative’s goals are too vague and broad in scope.


Following the sudden disappearance of Interpol President Meng Hongwei upon a visit to China last month in what was ultimately revealed to be an arrest on corruption charges after two weeks of silence from China, international observers are questioning whether Chinese citizens are independent enough to be trusted to lead international organisations or if they will always be subservient to Beijing.

Related: China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’: after five years, is the bloom off the rose?


Following the failure of the Trump Administration to get Congress to allow it to cut funding for international aid already allocated in the federal budget, the State Department has been attempting to use alternative measures to achieve the same goal. Internal emails show political appointees discussing plans to use bureaucratic structures- such as onerous accounting and reporting requirements- to kill off programs the White House opposes despite Congress funding them.


DFID has appointed two new non-executive director to its departmental board. ‘As lead Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee respectively, Marc Bolland and Alan Johnson will provide advice, oversight and scrutiny to DFID’s work as independent members of the Departmental Board and attendees at the Management Board.’


As the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings take place this week in Indonesia, Devex has an overview of the issues and topics on the agenda.

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The Green Climate Fund held its first Private Investment for Climate Conference this week. The conference brought together business leaders from around the world to discuss ways to harness the entrepreneurial energies of the business world for climate action.


The Inter-American Development Bank and Agence Française de Développement have signed a partnership framework agreement to enhance co-financing of projects which sets the target to reach at least US$1 billion co-financing over the next three years building upon the IDB-AFD partnership formalized in 2015.


The Chandler Foundation has appointed Tim Hanstad CEO following the foundations rebranding of itself from Cassia Foundation to Chandler Foundation. Hanstad joins the foundation from Landesa, an organization working with governments, civil society, and businesses to secure opportunity for the world’s poorest people through legal land rights.


The World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) have signed a partnership agreement ‘to fast-track green investments into bankable smart city projects.’ The partnership will allow smart green cities and sustainable infrastructure projects to gain access to the WGEO Trust Fund.


Open Society Foundations announced two new appointments this week: Tom Perriello, formerly a member of Congress, will be the new executive director of the Foundations’ U.S. Programs, and Cecilia Muñoz, former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and vice president for Public Interest Technology and Local Initiatives at New America will be the new Board Chair for U.S. Programs, a position she has been serving in an interim capacity since earlier this year.