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PRESS RELEASEJanuary 5, 2023

World Bank Prices First CAD Sustainable Development Bond of 2023 and Highlights the Importance of Biodiversity and Nature for Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 5, 2023 – The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD, Aaa/AAA) today priced a new 5-year CAD 1 billion benchmark that matures on January 18, 2028. The World Bank launched the Sustainable Development Bond while raising awareness for the World Bank’s strategy, projects, and programs that support developing countries in the sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services and integrating nature in development.

The 5-year benchmark transaction pays a semi-annual coupon of 3.70% p.a. and has an issue price of 99.900% and a final spread of 38.5 bps over the CAN 2.75% September 2027 reference bond, offering investors a yield of 3.722% (semi-annual). Joint lead managers for this transaction are BMO Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Markets, RBC Capital Markets, and TD Securities.

Jorge Familiar, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank, said “We are happy to be back in the Canadian dollar market and value the continued support from Canadian and international investors. We also appreciate the opportunity to highlight the critical role of biodiversity and nature as part of the World Bank’s work to support sustainable development in member countries.”

Investor Distribution

By Investor Type

By Geography

Banks/Bank Treasuries/Corporates




Central Banks/Official Institutions


Europe/Middle East/Africa       


Asset Managers/Insurance/Pension Funds




Joint Lead Managers Quotes

Sean Hayes, Managing Director & Head, US Syndicate & Credit Sales, BMO Capital Markets, said, “True to tradition, World Bank re-opens the Sovereign, Supranational, and Agency (SSA) Canadian dollar primary markets for the sixth consecutive year with a successful CAD 1 billion 5-year Sustainable Development Bond while raising awareness for biodiversity. The new issue, which places a spotlight on the threats of nature loss, drew strong support from a diverse set of global and Canadian domestic high quality investors seeking investment for impact. BMO was delighted to have been a part of the transaction.”

Scott Graham, Managing Director and Head of US Government and SSA Finance, National Bank Financial Markets, said, “The World Bank once again demonstrates its commitment and leadership to the Canadian fixed income markets with its highly successful CAD 1 billion 5-year benchmark. The deal was extremely well received with broad domestic and international demand. The commitment by the World Bank to large, liquid, and well-priced Canadian dollar benchmark transactions is welcomed by investors. NBF was thrilled to partner with the World Bank in reopening the Maple market in the first few days of 2023.”

Jigme Shingsar, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, said, “Re-opening markets is a World Bank specialty, and this well-timed benchmark has the additional bonus of offering Canadian dollar investors a unique opportunity to highlight support for biodiversity. Enthusiasm for the both the World Bank credit and raising awareness for biodiversity was reflected in domestic distribution setting recent highs and bodes well for the continued development of the Canadian dollar market for SSA issuance.”

Steven Castle, Managing Director, Head of Government Finance, TD Securities, said,"We congratulate the World Bank for successfully opening the Maple market in 2023 with a 5-year CAD 1 billion Sustainable Development Bond, which aims at raising awareness for biodiversity. With final orderbooks in excess of CAD 1.2 billion, this transaction has attracted high quality investors globally and TD was delighted to be involved for such an important project."

Transaction Summary:


World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD)

Issuer rating:

Aaa/AAA (Moody’s/S&P)


CAD 1,000,000,000

Settlement date:

January 18, 2023

Maturity date:

January 18, 2028

Issue price:


Issue yield:

3.722% semi-annually


3.70% per annum


CAD 1,000


Luxembourg Stock Exchange



Clearing system:

CDS, Clearstream, Euroclear

Joint lead managers:

BMO Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Inc., RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities

About the World Bank

The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD), rated Aaa/AAA (Moody’s/S&P), is an international organization. Created in 1944, it is the original member of the World Bank Group and operates as a global development cooperative owned by 189 nations. The World Bank provides loans, guarantees, risk management products, and advisory services to middle-income and other creditworthy countries to support the Sustainable Development Goals and to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. It also provides leadership to coordinate regional and global responses to development challenges. The World Bank has been issuing sustainable development bonds in the international capital markets for over 70 years to fund programs and activities that achieve a positive impact. More information on World Bank bonds is available at

World Bank bonds support the financing of programs that further the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). World Bank bonds are aligned with the Sustainability Bond Guidelines published by the International Capital Market Association and as such support the financing of a combination of green and social, i.e., “sustainable development” projects, programs and activities in IBRD member countries as described in the World Bank Sustainable Development Bond Framework. The World Bank is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Green Bond, Social Bond, and Sustainability Bond Principles. A key priority for the World Bank’s capital markets’ engagement is building strategic partnerships with investors to promote the importance of private sector financing in sustainable development. The World Bank’s Sustainable Development Bond Impact Report describes how the World Bank engages with investors on the SDGs and raises awareness for specific development challenges.


Net proceeds of the bonds described herein are not committed or earmarked for lending to, or financing of, any particular projects or programs, and returns on the bonds described herein are not linked to the performance of any particular project or program.

This press release is not an offer for sale of securities of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("IBRD"), also known in the capital markets as "World Bank". Any offering of World Bank securities will take place solely on the basis of the relevant offering documentation including, but not limited to, the prospectus, term sheet and/or final terms, as applicable, prepared by the World Bank or on behalf of the World Bank, and is subject to restrictions under the laws of several countries. World Bank securities may not be offered or sold except in compliance with all such laws. The World Bank Sustainable Development Bond Framework, the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Bond Impact Report, and the information set forth therein are not a part of, or incorporated by reference into, the offering documentation.

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