NGO Forum on ADB hosts 2 CSO panels in the ADB AGM in Fiji

NGO Forum on ADB will be hosting 2 panels in the Civil Society Program of the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Annual Governor's Meeting (AGM). Please see the details below -


ADB has pledged to meet the Paris Agreement by further mobilizing public and private finance to help countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. Together with other multilateral development banks, ADB has committed to considering “climate change across strategies, programs, and operations to deliver more sustainable results, with a particular focus on the poor and most vulnerable.” In view of the provisions in ADB’s 2009 Energy Policy, the panel will discuss ADB-supported energy projects in selected developing member countries in the context of achieving adequate and affordable energy by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, consistent with the principles of the Paris Agreement.


Panelists


Avril De Torres

Research and Policy Head, Center for Energy, Ecology and Development


Robert Guild

Chief Sector Officer, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB


Rayyan Hassan

Executive Director, NGO Forum on ADB


Hemantha Withanage

Executive Director, Centre for Environmental Justice



The ADB’s Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) aims to promote sustainability of project outcomes by protecting the environment and people from projects' potential adverse impacts where possible, and helping borrowers to strengthen their safeguard systems and develop the capacity to manage environmental and social risks. National instruments, environmental laws, and social protection mechanisms of selected borrowing countries are, at times, not at par with ADB’s SPS standards. In many cases, while policies were strong on paper, implementing agencies face many challenges in upholding ADB safeguards standards. Some ciivil society groups, including the NGO Forum on ADB, believe that there is no clear policy framework in ensuring safeguards in ADB supported projects that are cofinanced with other multilateral development banks. The session will discuss issues and concerns related to the implementation of ADB’s SPS.


Panelists


Walter Kolkma

Director, Country and Thematic Evaluation Division, Independent Evaluation Department, ADB


Hassan Mehedi

Chief Executive, Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN)


Annabel Perreras

Advocacy Coordinator on AIIB, NGO Forum on ADB


Rajeev Sharma

South Asia Projects Director, Building and Wood Workers International


Woochong Um

Director General and concurrently Chief Compliance Officer, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB


Hemantha Withanage

Executive Director, Centre for Environmental Justice


Live stream of the event will be available at NGO Forum on ADB's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/forum.adb/.

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