Sign on letter until 5th of December…

Climate change is one of the gravest crises faced by humanity and the earth itself. Unprecedented levels of finance is needed to enable people, communities and nations to deal with present and as well as future impacts of climate change and to make the systemic and technological transformation necessary to prevent worst catastrophes and heal the planet.

Many northern country governments and the World Bank itself have been actively pushing for the World Bank to be given the mandate to play a central role in Climate Finance. This is one of the critical issues being debated in the international negotiations taking place now in Cancun, Mexico among governments of more than 190 countries. It will continue to be so in UNFCCC sessions in the near future.

The World Bank’s nature as lending institution, its structures, track record and policies, and the ‘development’ paradigm it promotes are in contradiction to the principles of just, fair and effective climate finance. International financial institutions which have contributed to the debt burdens of countries of the South, impose policies that harm people and the environment finance fossil fuel projects that deepen the climate crisis, support private corporations at the expense of public interests, governed by undemocratic structures and operate without full transparency and accountability – these institutions cannot and should not be trusted with climate finance.

Join us in an international campaign calling for the WORLD BANK OUT OF CLIMATE FINANCE!

1. Sign on to the OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENTS meeting in CANCUN (see below) – email WorldBankOut@gmail.com on or before December 5, 2010

2. Join or organize different actions in your countries on from December 6 to 8, 2010 :

  • Release press statements, letters to the editor; organize press conferences
  • Join online actions (check WWW.FOEI.ORG on that day)
  • Organize mobilizations in front of World Bank offices, Embassies of the US, UK, France, Germany and other EU countries

3. Join the mobilization in CANCUN on DECEMBER 8 (details to be announced)

4. Sign up as a participating organization at www.worldbankoutofclimate.org

An Open Letter to the Governments

Meeting at the 16th COP of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun

People and communities throughout the global South need hundreds of billions of dollars each year to deal with the impacts of climate change, build resiliency and adopt alternative development pathways. The cost of compensation for past, present, and future damages due to climate change will only grow if, in addition, the necessary measures, are not taken in the industrialized countries to make a just transition to equitable, non-fossil fuel based economies.

We call on the governments of the world to comply with their obligations to ensure that new and additional public resources for climate finance are made available now in a way that is founded on the principle of historical responsibility, does not add to debt burdens, and is free from policy conditionalities.

We urge you to set up a Global Climate Fund under the authority of the UNFCCC that has an equitable governance structure, prioritizes the participation of affected communities, operates with full transparency, democracy, participation and accountability, and provides direct access to funding.

The World Bank and other multilateral development banks must not be given a role in establishing or governing the new Global Climate Fund nor in managing climate finance. Their nature, structure, track record, and policies, stand in contradiction to what should be the principles of fair and effective climate finance, and the structure and operations of a new fund.

  • The World Bank is a lending institution that has long been imposing policy conditions and programs on South countries and peoples through its loans. Giving a role to the World Bank in climate finance will result in a significant part of climate finance flowing as loans, and will very likely come with conditionalities,
  • The World Bank’s governance structures are undemocratic, with representation dominated by governments of rich, industrialized countries The Global Climate Fund should have a majority representation of South countries in its governance structure since they are the world’s majority and most affected by climate change. The needs and rights of communities impacted by climate change, and the transition to equitable and sustainable economies based on sovereign, democratic control and governance of natural resources must be at the center of decision-making on climate finance.
  • The World Bank has a long track record of undermining human rights and ecological integrity. For example, in 2010 alone, the World Bank financed a record high $6.3 billion to fossil fuel projects, a 138% increase over the previous year. An institution that actively promotes the causes of global warming should not be given a role in global climate finance. Rather, it must be pressed to end such policies and practices, including the many false solutions that the Bank is now promoting.
  • The World Bank actively privileges the private sector and private capital markets over public interests. Climate finance must be used to support the public good, not to promote private profit and the commodification of nature. It must come in the form of public resources, not rely on market-based programs for its generation and application. Innovative tools for raising public resources are already in our reach including redirecting fossil fuel subsidies and military spending, and taxing financial speculation.

We call on you, the governments of the world, to keep the World Bank and other multilateral development banks out of the new Global Climate Fund and out of climate finance.

Signed,

(as of Nov 30 only….)

International/Regional Organizations & Networks

ActionAid

Friends of the Earth International

Jubilee South

LDC Watch

NGO Jeunes Volontaires pour l’ Environnement-International

Oil Change International

Transnational Institute (TNI)

Regional Organizations & Networks

Alternatives Asia

Amigos de la Tierra – América Latina y el Caribe (Friends of the Earth Latin America / Caribbean)

Campaña Mesoamericana para la Justicia Climática  - Mesoamerican Campaign for Climate Justice

European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD)

Federación de Amigos de la Tierra (Friends of the Earth Federation)

Focus on the Global South

Iniciativa contra los Agronegocios – America Latina

JS-Asia/Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD)

Jubileu Sul / Américas  - Jubilee South / Americas

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)

South Asian Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE)

Country Organizations & Networks

ASIA

BANGLADESH

Bangladesh Jatiyo Sramik Jote

Bangladesh Krishok Federation

Community Development Library – Bangladesh

Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust (CoasTRUST) – Bangladesh

EquityBD – Bangladesh

SUPRO – Bangladesh

Participatory Research and Development Initiative (PRDI) – Bangladesh

VOICE – Bangladesh

INDIA

Indian Social Action Forum – India

National Hawkers Federation – India

Pannya Paribahan Sangram Samity – India

Calcutta Hawker’s Men’s Union – India

United Investors Forum – India

Sanitary, Pipe & Painting Workers Union – India

Himalaya Niti Abhiyan – India

EQUATIONS – India

Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha – India

mines, minerals and People (mmP) – India

Environics Trust – India

INDONESIA

Institute for Essential Services Reform

Koalisi Anti Utang – Indonesia

KruHA (People’s Coalition on Rights to Water) – Indonesia

Solidaritas Perempuan – Indonesia

KYRGYZTAN

Citizens against Corruption – Kyrgyztan

MALAYSIA

Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation (MSN) – Malaysia

NEPAL

National Alliance for Human Rights and Social Justice – Nepal

Rural Reconstruction Nepal

GEFONT – Nepal

Jagaran – Nepal

All-Nepal Peasant Federation (ANPFa)

PAKISTAN

Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee

Labour Party Pakistan

CADTM – Pakistan

PHILIPPINES

Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) – Philippines

SANLAKAS – Philippines

Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ)

Koalisyon ng Pabahay sa Pilipinas (KPP)-(Coalition for Housing Rights-Philippines)

MAKABAYAN-Pilipinas

Bukluran Student Alliance – PLM -Philippines

KAISA – Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (United Scholars for the University and the People) – UP Diliman -Philippines

Sarilaya –Philippines

Sibuyan Island Sentinels League for Environment Inc. (Sibuyan ISLE) – Philippines

Ecological Society of the Philippines

Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) – Philippines

JAPAN

ATTAC – Japan

LATIN AMERICA and the CARIBBEAN

ARGENTINA

Diálogo 2000 – Argentina  (Dialogue 2000 – Argentina)

BRAZIL

Sindicato dos Professores de Nova Friburgo e Região /Union of Professors, Nova Friburgo and Region – Brasil

Amigos da Terra Brasil (Friends of the Earth  Brazil)

Rede Brasil sobre Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais – Brazil Network on Multilateral Financial Institutions

Fórum Mudanças Climáticas e Justiça Social – Brasil  / Brazil Forum on Climate Change and Social Justice

Instituto Políticas Alternativas para o Cone Sul /Institute of Alternative Policies for the Southern Cone PACS – Brazil

Jubileu Sul  Brasil – Jubilee South Brazil

FASE – Solidarity and Education – Brazil

COSTA RICA

Red Costarricense de Agendas  Locales de Mujeres  RED CALM ACAMUDE  (Costa Rican Network of Local Women´s Agendas)

EL SALVADOR

Unidad Ecológica Salvadoreña UNES – Salvadoran Ecological Unit UNES – El Salvador

HONDURAS

Bloque Popular Honduras (Popular Block Honduras)

MEXICO

Red Mexicana de Accion frente al Libre Comercio (RMALC) – Mexico

Otros Mundos AC/Amigos de la Tierra México (Other Worlds / Friends of the Earth Mexico)

PANAMA

FRENADESO – Panamá (National Front on Economic and Social Rights – Panama)

AFRICA

KENYA

Daughters of Mumbi Global Resource Center – Kenya

Jesuit Hakimani Centre – Kenya

Kenya Debt Relief Network – KENDREN

SENEGAL

Third World Forum – Senegal

SOUTH AFRICA

Centre for Civil Society Environmental Justice Project – South Africa

Cooperative and Policy Alternative Center (COPAC) – South Africa

Earthlife Africa Cape Town – South Africa

Economic Justice Network of the Fellowship of Christian Councils – South Africa

Institute for Zero Waste – South Africa

Jubilee South Africa

South Durban Community Environmental Alliance – South Africa

Surplus People Project – South Africa

Timberwatch Coalition – South Africa

Zwartkops Conservancy – South Africa

EUROPE

BELGIUM

11.11.11 – Belgium

CADTM – Belgium

FRANCE

AITEC-IPAM – France

ATTAC – France

Friends of the Earth – France

World Forum for Alternatives – France

GERMANY

URGEWALD – Germany

FDCL – Berlin – Germany

HUNGARY

ATTAC – Hungary

ITALY

CRBM – Italy

Mani Tese – Italy

NORWAY

The Development Fund – Norway

RUSSIA

Russian Far East NGO BROC

SPAIN

ATTAC – Spain

Ecologistas en Accion – Spain

SWITZERLAND

Aktion Finanzplatz Schweiz

La Coordination Climat et Justice Sociale de Genève Suisse – Switzerland

Le Comité pour l’Annulation de la Dette du Tiers Monde de Suisse – Switzerland

UNITED KINGDOM

Jubilee Debt Campaign – UK

World Development Movement – UK

North America

UNITED STATES

Crude Accountability – USA

Institute for Policy Studies – Sustainable Energy and Economy Network – USA

Jubilee USA Network

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

CANADA

Polaris Institute – Canada