Starting June 11, President Joe Biden will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Summit in Cornwall, England. For the first time in two years, the leaders of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States — will meet in person to discuss a coordinated response to three global crises – the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery from the collapse triggered by COVID-19, and environmental catastrophe brought on by climate change.
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MOGC and partner organizations continue to push for debt relief for impoverished countries from the IMF and G20 during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined 16 other organizations in sending the following letter to U.S. Senate offices, urging for robust international assistance to combat the growing global crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a member of the Jubilee USA Network, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined the USCCB in a letter to the White House calling for a moratorium on debt payments for poor countries hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Tanzania plans to end the investment program within the SAGCOT initiative, a high-profile public private partnership, due to concerns for smallholder farmers’ land rights and economic security.
A historic Supreme Court decision declares international organizations like the World Bank Group can be sued in U.S. courts.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined the Global Catholic Climate Movement’s Season of Creation prayer and action program for the month of September, which included supporting the Big Shift Global campaign to call on the World Bank to move projects away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy.
Chloe Schwabe, Faith-Economy-Ecology project coordinator, reports from the 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the IMF in Peru.
The essential role of infrastructure is being rediscovered worldwide as a key component of a comprehensive development strategy. However, in order to be sustainable and deliver real benefits to the communities and the environment directly affected, infrastructure projects need good governance, meaningful civil society participation, and real accountability.
“Evicted and Abandoned: The World Bank’s Broken Promise to the Poor” is a global investigation that reveals how the World Bank has regularly failed to follow its own rules for protecting vulnerable populations.
The World Bank is currently undergoing a review and overhaul of its safeguards policies with the intent to update and strengthen them.