EIB President and fellow Multilateral Development Bank leaders issue pledge to deliver on the 2030 Agenda in Washington
9 October 2016
EIB President Werner Hoyer has joined his counterparts at the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank Group, the International Finance Corporation, the Islamic Development Bank, the New Development Bank, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund - to pledge delivery of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in a joint statement.
Thestatement expresses resolve to meet "some of the most ambitious global commitments ever made—commitments that are critical to improving lives and protecting the planet."
It addresses the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals, the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the challenge of the forced displacement crisis : "Meeting the SDGs will require building a financing framework that channels more resources from more sources, particularly the private sector. This requires enhancing existing partnerships and building new ones with the private sector—including institutional investors—to mobilize financing for development... Going forward, we will redouble our efforts to scale-up financing for development as well as the capacity to achieve the SDGs by leveraging, mobilizing, and catalyzing resources at all levels."
The statement commits to "joint climate action partnership aimed at developing a more collaborative and coherent approach, within our respective institutional mandates, to working with countries to implement their NDCs and develop their adaptive capacities.We will focus on scaling up low-carbon and climate-resilient investments for sustainable infrastructure...".
Forced displacement, says the leaders' statement, "poses a significant challenge to progress on the SDGs."
It asserts that the leaders have "committed to work together on a new humanitarian-development partnership. Concessional financing and support for building institutional capacity for fragile and conflict-affected states are as important as ever. Additionally, we are working to bridge the gap between humanitarian and development assistance by ensuring support to countries hosting large numbers of refugees. Two new facilities are helping to do this: the World Bank’s Global Concessional Financing Facility, part of its Global Crisis Response Platform, and the European Investment Bank’s new Resilience Initiative for EU’s Southern Neighborhood and Western Balkans. Those complement other efforts already in place, such as IDB’s Alliance for Prosperity Plan in the Northern Triangle."
The EIB Group has stepped up its level of precaution at its headquarters in Luxembourg and in its external offices. All staff will telework as of 16 March. A small number of staff whose physical presence on EIB premises is indispensable will continue to be present on the EIB campus. The decision aims to protect the health of employees and ensure the continuity of the EIB Group’s activity.
On Wednesday the EIB identified its first case of one staff member who tested positive for corona virus.
As a precautionary measure, the EIB decided not to hold the meeting of its Board of Directors planned for Thursday 12 March in person. Decisions on the Board’s agenda will be taken by written procedure. The Bank has put in place measures to prevent disruption to its governance or operation approval schedule.
On Monday 2 March, the former President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, visited the EIB in Luxembourg on a joint invitation from the Bank, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the Court of Auditors.