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Bretton Woods Project: G20 proposal continues to favour creditors

The Bretton Woods Project is a civil society network hosted by ActionAid. It envisions a global economic system that operates on the primary principles of justice, equity, gender equality, human rights and environmental sustainability, with international institutions that are democratic, inclusive, transparent, accountable, and responsive to citizens, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.

In a recent posting, it evaluates the G20 ‘Common Framework for Debt Treatments”. It starts with a quote from Gordon Brown’s speech at the launch of the report ‘Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery‘: “despite the promises made by the G20, the IMF and the World Bank to stand behind them in their hour of greatest need,” the world’s poorest countries had “received only about a fraction of what they need in debt relief.”

Three main points summarise its critique:

  • G20 announces disappointing common framework for debt restructuring
  • Framework relies on much-critiqued IMF and World Bank debt sustainability analysis
  • Debtor countries must agree to IMF treatment as condition of debt relief

Read yourself further on the website of the Bretton Woods Project.

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DRGR-Idea Reaches Central Players: IMF and World Bank To Present ‘Green Debt Swaps’ Option by November

As reported by Reuters, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said “green debt swaps have the potential to spur accelerated action on climate change in developing countries”, announcing appropriate instruments by November.

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“Nature” Finds “Climate Change Imperils Countries’ Ability to Repay”

“Nature”, a weekly international journal distributing peer-reviewed research, published an analysis that warns against the risks of a severe debt crisis if climate change is not taken into account when governments lend money during the pandemic. The text suggests three steps that match the DRGR proposal.

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“NewClimate Institute” Paper Examines Climate-for-Debt Swaps, Referring to DRGR

In the paper “Climate, COVID-19, and the Developing Country Debt Crisis” the research institute for climate policy examines the potential of climate-for-debt swaps and ways to define possible candidates.

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UN Report Calls for Immediate Action Against Rising Inequality, Quoting the DRGR-Proposal

According to a new report by the United Nations, the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the fight against poverty and increasing global inequality. In its chapter on debt relief, the text refers to our proposal.

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The Quiet before the Storm: Eurodad Report warns about Debt Crisis yet to come

According to the briefing “A debt pandemic: Dynamics and implications of the debt crisis of 2020”, public debt of developing countries has increased from an average of 40 to over 60 percent of GDP within the last ten years. More than one-third of the increase took place in 2020 alone. 

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Are We Building Back Better? UNEP-Oxford Report Finds: Not Yet.

According to a report launched by the Global Recovery Observatory only  18.0% of announced recovery spending can be considered “green” while just 2.5 % of total COVID-induced expenses to date had “positive green characteristics”. These findings once more stress the importance of the DRGR idea.

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Finance for Biodiversity Initiative Refers to DRGR-Proposal in “Greening Sovereign Debt” Report

The “Nature and Climate Sovereign Bond Facility” proposed in a report by Finance for Biodiversity aims to build on investor interest in green debt and create nature-performance bonds and other instruments that align payments with environmental outcomes. 

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DRGR-Proposal Receives Recognition in Progressive International’s Policy Briefing

In the run-up to the G20 meeting on February 25 and 26, “Progressive International” featured the DRGR proposal in its policy briefing on “Debt Justice at the G20”.

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The DRGR-Idea Is Getting Traction

Both in the EU and the USA the general idea of aligning debt relief with climate action is getting high level support.