Your letter will be delivered to World Bank Executive Directors:
Dear Executive Director,
The global order has changed, and under Trump, the United States – at least at the federal level – has ceded any pretense of global leadership on the most pressing issues of our time, including climate change.
We ask you: Do not let Donald Trump pick the next World Bank Group President. In affairs both domestic and international, Trump has proven time and again that his nominations and appointments are predicated on blind loyalty, not merit. At this crucial juncture, we cannot afford to be dragged backward by a Trump nominee just because of a backroom agreement that was struck in the 1940s.
We urge you instead to ensure that the process of selecting a new World Bank Group president meets the following criteria:
- It is open and transparent;
- It is merit-based;
- That when considering candidates, you prioritize their commitment to sustainable development and ambitious climate action.
We can’t afford backsliding the important progress the World Bank Group has made on the issue of climate change in recent years. Recent World Bank Group actions have inspired other financial institutions, both public and private, to step up. We need the World Bank to go further and faster on the critical issue of climate change, not to go backward.
Overshooting the Paris Agreement’s climate limits would undermine the World Bank Group’s central aim of ending extreme poverty, reversing recent development gains and hurting the most vulnerable, by making it much harder for those in extreme poverty to ever escape it.