Climate change and policy responses to climate change pose significant risks to financial and fiscal stability, poverty and inequality and the long-run growth prospects of the world economy.

As the only multilateral, rules-based institution charged with promoting the stability of the international financial and monetary system in order to enable longer-run growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has a central role to play in the transition to a low-carbon and resilient global economy.

To that end, the Task Force on Climate, Development and the International Monetary Fund is a consortium of experts from around the world utilizing rigorous, empirical research to advance a development-centered approach to climate change at the IMF. The global community must support climate resilience and transitions to a low-carbon economy in a just manner, and the role of the IMF in supporting a globally coordinated response is vital.

Santiago, Chile. Photo by Christopher Quezada via Unsplash.

A new report provides an independent, preliminary assessment of the IMF’s efforts to mainstream climate change. The assessment is evaluated through the development-centered lens articulated in the Task Force’s initial strategy report and advances actionable policy recommendations for the IMF and its stakeholders. The report finds that, while modest progress has been made, the IMF must show greater leadership on climate change and development in three key areas: multilateral surveillance, bilateral surveillance and its lending toolkit.

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