Over the years, the World Bank has collaborated with the United Nations in nearly every region and sector, deepening this engagement since the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the international community.
This strategic relationship liaises through the Bank's offices in New York and Geneva, in a proactive and forward-looking manner, coordinating positions as necessary with a Bank-wide network of managers and staff engaged in UN matters.
The World Bank office in New York focuses on three different levels:
- Intergovernmental, interacting with diplomatic missions represented in New York and the bodies governing the UN General Assembly, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and Security Council
- Interagency bodies, such as the Chief Executives Board (CEB) led by the Secretary-General and the UN Development Group (UNDG), in which the Bank is an observer member
- Institutional, with the UN Secretary-General, UN Secretariat and various UN Funds and Programs, e.g., UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
This substantive diplomatic dialogue assures and promotes the strengthening and cooperation on development issues of mutual concern, including key thematic areas: fragile states, climate change and human development issues.
The New York office also represents Bank management in key UN meetings and forges strategic alliances while providing intelligence to the Bank’s staff; assists with the interaction between senior Bank managers and high-level UN officials, and facilitates participation in UN events, conferences, roundtables and summits.
Our work is to ensure the Bank’s position as a key advocate for development in the UN setting, the accuracy of its views included in the UN agenda, and also the correct understanding of the UN policies and operations and their incorporation, when appropriate, into the work of the Bank in support of development.
For more information about the World Bank's office in Geneva please visit the website.