Press & Media

Welcome to our press area. Here you will find a lot of our press releases, press statements and open letters that are available in English language. For a complete list of press releases and open letters please visit the German language page. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You are welcome to contact us by e-mail or telephone:

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Press Releases & Open Letters

Climate Activists Mark President Ajay Banga’s Bullish First Year

Activists placed a cutout of the Wall Street bull outside the World Bank Group office in Washington, D.C. to mark the delivery of petition signatures and a group letter asking President Ajay Banga to oust Wall Street influencers by abolishing his newly-created advisory body, the Private Sector Investment Lab.

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Complaint mechanism of the German automotive industry begins operation in Mexico.

Civil society from Mexico and Germany welcomes the launch of the cross-company grievance mechanism. In order to ensure its effectiveness, the organisations involved are calling for stronger and long-term involvement of relevant companies and political institutions as well as securing resources for civil society support for the mechanism. The lack of supply chain transparency of the participating companies and the uncertain future of the mechanism after 2025 are cause for concern.

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Open letter to Executive Directors of the World Bank and IMF on Social Protection

We are writing to express concerns that the World Bank and IMF are failing to promote the human right to social security for all. We are proposing four policy changes that would advance the right to social security in line with human rights standards, and we would like to meet with you to explore how your office may support them.

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Special Drawing Rights must urgently be part of the COP 28 agenda

As multiple crises exacerbate the financing needs of developing countries, we write to leaders gathering in COP28 to ask that they agree to the full deployment of new and existing Special Drawing Rights to help low- and middle-income countries meet the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goal agendas.

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Press release on the EU Parliament's vote on the Critical Raw Materials Act

On the occasion of the vote in the EU Parliament on the Critical Raw Materials Act, WEED is calling for improvements to protect human rights and the environment.

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Open Letter to G20 Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors and the IMF: Civil Society Organizations Call for Issuance of More SDRs and Fairer Distribution

The letter was sent ahead of the IMF Executive Board meeting on 13 April 2022 as part of the Spring Meetings, at which the new planned IMF Resilience and Sustainability Trust (RST) for on-lending the Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) of rich countries will be discussed.

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Civil society calls for transparency on the companies subjected to the European Union’s Regulation on the supply of 3TG minerals

Several development and human rights organisations from across Europe are calling for transparency in the question of which companies are covered by the EU regulation on the conflict minerals tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold / Implementing law for Germany to be passed on Thursday.

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G20 summit: Don't roll back financial and tax reforms - end focus on private financing of infrastructure

WEED warns against new deregulation on the occasion of the G20 summit in Hamburg on 7/8 July - and criticises the inadequate reforms since the financial crisis

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