Tag Archives: World Bank

19 November 2014

UN-backed joint INTERPOL global operation targets ‘most wanted’ environmental fugitives

Nine fugitives are being pursued as part of a UN-backed joint INTERPOL global operation targeting individuals wanted for serious environmental – including wildlife – crime. (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | UN-backed treaty, INTERPOL operation targets ‘most wanted’ environmental fugitives

17 September 2014

Obama says world has ‘responsibility to act, to step up and do more’ in response to Ebola

President Obama urged world powers to accelerate the global response to the Ebola outbreak that is ravaging West Africa, warning that unless health care workers, medical equipment and treatment centers were swiftly deployed, the disease could take hundreds of thousands of lives. Mr. Obama said at a meeting with doctors who had just returned from West Africa that the world ‘has the responsibility to act, to step up and to do more. The United States intends to do more.’ He announced a major American deployment to Liberia and Senegal of medicine, equipment and 3,000 military personnel. (more…)

Source: The New York Times | Obama Presses Leaders to Speed Ebola Response

3 May 2014

NGOs criticise World Bank loan to Honduran commercial bank for risks of human rights violations

In a letter to the World Bank, twenty-eight Honduran and international NGOs and civil society groups have expressed their concerns over a proposed USD 15m loan to the commercial bank Davivienda in Honduras by the bank’s private lending branch, the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The proposed investment was classified as ‘medium risk’ by the IFC, even though it was admitted that child labour and land disputes could be potential impacts. (more…)

Source: The Guardian | World Bank loan to Honduran bank comes under scrutiny

13 January 2014

World Bank’s loan to company engaged in violent conflict in Honduras is criticised

The World Bank ombudsman criticised the International Finance Corporation, which provides loans to companies in developing countries, for failing to follow requirements when it approved a loan to Corporación Dinant, a Honduran palm-oil company, in 2009 and inadequate supervision afterward. Dinant is in violent conflict with farm workers over land tenure of the Bajo Aguán Valley, where Dinant is the largest single landowner. Almost 100 people have been killed since 2009 in Bajo Aguán, according to the country’s human rights commissioner, Ramón Custodio. (more…)

Source: The New York Times | World Bank Is Criticized for Honduran Loan