Washington, The World Bank on Friday announced a new Climate Change Action Plan aimed at helping developing countries achieve measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and pledging to mobilize large-scale resources to aid the transition out of coal, Reuters reported.
World Bank President David Malpass said key elements of the plan had been presented to the bank’s board on Thursday and underscored the need to take urgent action.
He said the bank had provided $83 billion in climate finance over the past five years, peaking at $21.4 billion in 2020, but the new plan would see those levels increase.
The new plan, first reported by Reuters Wednesday, commits to making financing decisions in line with efforts to limit global warming, but stops short of promising to halt funding of fossil fuels, as many campaigners had urged.
“Our collective responses to climate change, poverty and inequality are defining choices of our age,” Malpass said in a statement, underscoring the need to “help countries maximize the impact of climate finance, with measurable improvements in livelihoods through adaptation, and measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through mitigation.”
To achieve these goals, Malpass said 35% of World Bank Group financing, on average over the next five years, would have climate co-benefits, and 50% of the bank’s climate financing would support adaptation and resilience.
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