Thursday, 8 August 2013

World Bank Group Weekly Update

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Obsolete Pesticide Stockpiles: An Unwanted Legacy Pushing the Agenda for Energy Efficiency Seeking Paths to Cleaner Cooking IFC Championing Women on Corporate Boards in Indonesia
Obsolete Pesticide Stockpiles: An Unwanted Legacy Pushing the Agenda
for Energy Efficiency
Seeking Paths
to Cleaner Cooking
IFC Championing Women on Corporate Boards in Indonesia
Across Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 50,000 tons of obsolete pesticides litter the landscape. Exposure to these pollutants can cause cancer and other health problems. Since 2005, 3,310 tons have been removed from 897 sites under the Africa Stockpiles Programme. The World Bank Group has committed $3 billion in energy efficiency initiatives in the Europe and Central Asia region, presenting an opportunity to increase energy supplies, improve energy security, reduce CO2 emissions, and forestall a looming energy crisis. Worldwide, 2.8 billion people cook with wood or other solid fuels, exposing them to deadly household air pollution. The Sustainable Energy for All initiative, supported by the World Bank Group, aims to bring safe, modern cooking solutions to all by 2030. And a trio of new reports points to solutions. Research indicates that companies with more women on their boards enjoy better business performance. In Indonesia, women make up more than half of the country's workforce, yet less than 10% of board directors. IFC's Women on Boards initiative aims at promoting more women as board members.
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