World Bank promises $200 bn in 2021-25 climate cash

December 3, 2018 by Amélie Bottollier-Depois
Much of the climate action financing is being set aside for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, notably through development of renewable energy strategies

The World Bank on Monday unveiled $200 billion in climate action investment for 2021-25, adding this amounts to a doubling of its current five-year funding.

The World Bank said the move, coinciding with a UN summit meeting of some 200 nations in Poland, represented a "significantly ramped up ambition" to tackle , "sending an important signal to the wider global community to do the same."

Developed countries are committed to lifting combined annual public and private spending to $100 billion in developing countries by 2020 to fight the impact of climate change—up from 48.5 billion in 2016 and 56.7 billion last year, according to latest OECD data.

Southern hemisphere countries fighting the impact of warming temperatures are nonetheless pushing northern counterparts for firmer commitments.

In a statement, the World Bank said the breakdown of the $200 billion would comprise "approximately $100 billion in direct finance from the World Bank."

Around one third of the remaining funding will come from two World Bank Group agencies with the rest private capital "mobilised by the World Bank Group."

"If we don't reduce emissions and build adaptation now, we'll have 100 million more people living in poverty by 2030," John Roome, World Bank senior director for climate change, warned.

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"And we also know that the less we address this issue proactively just in three regions—Africa, South Asia and Latin America—we'll have 133 million climate migrants," Roome told AFP.

'Fight the causes'

The bank's financing package amounts to "about 40 billion a year, but the direct (finance) is 27 billion per year on average," Roome said.

He added that in the 2018 , running from July 2017 to June this year, the World Bank had committed $20.5 billion to , compared with an annual average of $13.5 billion for the 2014-2018 period.

Roome said the money now being earmarked amounted to "about 35 percent" of the World Bank Group's total financing.

Much of the climate action financing is being set aside for reducing , notably through development of renewable energy strategies.

However, the World Bank stated that "a key priority is boosting support for climate adaptation," given the millions of people already battling the consequences of extreme weather.

The World Bank said a key priority was to boost support for climate adaptation, given the millions of people already battling the consequences of extreme weather
"By ramping up direct adaptation finance to reach around $50 billion over (fiscal) 21-25, the World Bank will, for the first time, give this equal emphasis alongside investments that reduce emissions," the bank stated.

Given the urgency to act in the face of sea level rise, flooding and drought "we must fight the causes, but also adapt to the consequences that are often most dramatic for the world's poorest people," said World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva.

By stepping up financial aid to developing countries worst affected, Georgieva said the bank was committed to adapting infrastructure while investing in "climate smart agriculture, sustainable water management and responsive social safety nets" as well as early response networks.

"Even if we can keep down to 2 degrees Celsius we know you're gonna need a significant amount of adaptation in places like Chad, Mozambique or Bangladesh," said Roome.

The countries whose representatives are meeting at the UN climate summit which opened Sunday in the Polish city of Katowice are seeking to make good on commitments made in the 2015 Paris climate accord.

That agreement saw countries commit to limiting global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and to the safer cap of 1.5C if at all possible.

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1 / 5 (1) Dec 03, 2018
How much will it cost to move the 100 million people of Bangladesh to higher ground?

Where is that higher ground?
not rated yet Dec 03, 2018
In the case of natural emergency, when people must leave their country to save life, all nations in their capacity, must give voluntary shelter to the displaced fellow humans. Example: during Syria crisis, Germany, Canada, ... accepted refugees in thousands.
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Why don't they disclose that almost all of that World Bank money comes as loan?

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