The Inter-American Development Bank has established a panel of prominent world experts to advise the IDB on strengthening its environmental and social policies and operations to promote sustainable development.
The panel will assist the IDB in drafting a new environmental policy and setting priority areas for the development of Bank capacity to implement the new policy and make greater contributions to the achievement of sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Currently all Bank operations are subject to environmental and social review mechanisms and procedures that are constantly being updated and reinforced.
The panel, appointed by IDB President Enrique V. Iglesias, will be chaired by former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and include the following other members:
- Stephen Green, CEO HSBC (United Kingdom)
- Lynn Holowesko, former ambassador for the Environment (The Bahamas)
- Yolanda Kakabadse, president, World Conservation Union-IUCN, (Ecuador)
- Thomas Lovejoy, president, Heinz Center for Economics, Science and the Environment (United States)
- Juan Mayr Maldonado, former minister of the Environment, (Colombia)
- José Goldenberg, secretary of the Environment for the state of São Paulo (Brazil).
- William Reilly, chairman, World Wildlife Fund, (United States)
- Maurice Strong, special advisor to the United Nations secretary general (Canada).