Printer-friendly version
Geneva Green Guide

The World Bank

World Bank
Geneva Office

World Bank
3 chemin Louis Dunant
Case Postale 66
CH-1211 Geneva 20

Tel: 
(+41 22) 748 10 00
Fax: 
(+41 22) 748 10 30
Description

The World Bank Group's mission is to fight poverty and help people to help themselves and their environment. It provides resources, shares knowledge, builds capabilities, and forges partnerships in the public and private sectors. It is the world's largest source of development assistance, providing US$19.5 billion (in 2002).

Organization: 
Intergovernmental organizations
Established: 
1944
Staff: 
5 in Geneva
Chief/Director: 
Jos Verbeek
Activities: 

Among its wide array of projects, which range from health and education to economic reform, environment is considered one of six priority areas. Its environment programme areas include:

  • Natural Resources Management, which includes biodiversity conservation, drylands management, forests and forestry and water resources management;
  • Policy and Economics, which includes environmental economics and indicators and environmental assessment;
  • Energy and Environment, which includes work on Fuel for Thought;
  • Pollution, including pollution management and New Ideas in Pollution Regulation;
  • Global Commitments, which includes work on the Global Environment Facility Operations, climate change, the Montreal Protocol and a Prototype Carbon Fund.

In addition, the Environment group of the Environmentally & Socially Sustainable Development Network’s Advisory Service aims to ensure that the environment is taken into account in Bank projects and programmes.

Cooperation: 

with UNEP, UNDP, WWF, NGOs, governments, foundations and the private sector.

Publications: 

See the website.

Keywords: 
health
desertification
agriculture & fisheries
protected areas
climate change
ozone
trade & environment
land & landuse
freshwater
conservation
seas
agenda 21
capacity building
oceans
poverty
energy
biological diversity
forests
deforestation