IMF Secures $40bn for New Sustainability Trust on Climate

Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has received $40 billion in pledges for its new Resilience and Sustainability Trust to address challenges such as climate change.

The Managing Director of the fund, Kristalina Georgieva made the dis-closure in a pre-recorded address broadcast to the Ibrahim Governance Forum at the weekend.

Unveiling the new financing facility for low and middle-income countries in April, to raise at least $45 billion, Georgieva said building resilience to the effects of climate change would cost trillions of dollars over the next decade.

She said: “The devastating effects of climate change are robbing Africa of lives and livelihoods.”

Climate investment globally needs to increase by up to six times from the roughly $640 billion spent in 2020, to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the latest intergovernmental panel on Climate Change report said in April.

Its finance director had said it would need to receive “a substantial frac-tion” of the total before starting operations of the new trust by the time of the meetings of the IMF and World Bank in October.

Georgieva said at the conference that many African countries were dealing with droughts that were increasing food and political insecurity.

“Now the surge in food, fuel and fertiliser prices have dramatically raised import costs, all in the context of already high sovereign debt and limited fiscal capacity,” Georgieva said.

“African countries cannot face these overlapping crises – climate, food, pandemic – alone,” she said, adding that IMF lending to African countries in the last year was 13 times the annual average.

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