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ICP Asks UNDP Clark of World Bank, Jordan & Lebanon, IMF on Nepal, Wu Hongbo

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 18 -- For months various UN officials have spoken about fixing how the World Bank treats countries such as Lebanon and Jordan as middle income, even as the refugee crisis impacts them. On September 18, Inner City Press asked UNDP's Helen Clark about the problem, and the IMF's treatment of Nepal. Video here.

  Clark said that member states should work on this through the governing bodies of the IMF and World Bank. So are these two, especially the IMF, actually parts of the UN "family"? Inner City Press has asked the IMF what its director Christine Lagarde will do during UNGA Week, here.

 Back on July 7 in the run up to the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, and the transition from the MDGs to the Sustainable Development Goals, Inner City Press asked UN DESA's Wu Hongbo if corporate tax avoidance will be addressed in Addis, and how debt burdens impact funding for the MDGs, SDGs and development generally. Video here.

  Wu Hongbo, to whom Inner City Press was not called on to ask a question during his July 6 press conference about the MDGs, said the tax piece is under negotiation, and debt remains a problem.


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