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Without debt relief, development bank reform will hit a ceiling

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🗞️ Driving the news: Achim Steiner, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), expressed approval of the momentum toward reform of multilateral banks at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF)
• He emphasized the need for expanded investment to tackle poverty and environmental challenges

🔭 The context: Global crises in recent years have had dire consequences for developing nations, undoing decades of poverty alleviation efforts
• Steiner highlights alarming statistics, such as the fact that some low-income countries spend more on debt interest than on essential services like health and education

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: In the face of increasing global uncertainty and polarization, taking extraordinary measures and prioritizing the SDG Stimulus is essential for both global growth and the planet's energy transition

⏭️ What's next: Steiner emphasized the need for urgent measures, highlighting the Secretary-General's $500 billion SDG Stimulus Plan
• He proposed actions, including re-channeling unused IMF Special Drawing Rights, addressing debt restructuring, and integrating state-contingent debt clauses in all official lending

💬 One quote: "Now is a time to meet countries where they are—as some face deep social crises or try to prevent conflict, others are stepping up their digital and energy transitions. None of us can afford to operate in a 'business-as-usual' mode,” (Achim Steiner)

📈 One stat: According to a G20 report, financing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) falls short by roughly US$3 trillion annually

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