The G20 Summit is being held in Delhi on September 9 and 10
The leaders of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank announced Thursday that the two institutions will collaborate more closely to tackle the "existential threat" posed by climate change.
"Climate change is a threat to global peace, security, economic stability, and development," IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank President Ajay Banga said.
To address what they described as the "existential threat of climate change," the leaders said the two lenders "need to help all our member countries integrate their climate and development goals."
The rare joint statement from the two leaders, at the G20 summit in New Delhi, underscores the strong emphasis that former Mastercard chief executive Ajay Banga has placed on the issue of climate change since he began his role in the summer.
The Biden administration, which nominated Ajay Banga to the position, has also been pushing development lenders to do more to support financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The G20 meeting presents a real, if challenging, opportunity for member countries to come together to tackle the climate challenges laid out in the joint statement, according to an individual with knowledge of the matter.
Alongside climate change, the two leaders pledged to collaborate more closely to help prevent a build-up of debt vulnerabilities.
They also announced they would step up support for countries to "reap the benefit of new digital technologies while mitigating the risks, including on ways to improve cross-border payments."
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