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PRESS RELEASEFebruary 6, 2024

World Bank’s 10-Year EUR Sustainable Development Bond Attracts Strong Demand from Diverse Investors

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 6, 2024 The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD, Aaa/AAA) today priced a 10-year euro-denominated benchmark bond maturing in February 2034, raising EUR 3 billion.

The transaction attracted over 100 orders totaling EUR 4.7 billion, appealing to European and global investors seeking high credit quality and an investment that supports sustainable development at the longer end of the EUR curve. 

BNP Paribas, NatWest Markets, Nomura, and TD Securities are the lead managers for the transaction. The bond will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

The bond priced with a final spread to euro mid-swaps of +23 basis points and an equivalent annual yield of 2.932%. This equates to a spread vs. the reference Bund of +60.8 basis points.   

The World Bank is delighted with the outstanding response from European and international investors for our 10-year Euro bond,” said Jorge Familiar, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank“Investors’ keen interest in a safe and liquid investment product combined with their interest in positive impact makes World Bank Sustainable Development Bonds an exceptional fit for their portfolios.”


Investor Breakdown by Type

Banks/Bank Treasuries/Corporates


Asset Managers/Insurance/Pension Funds


Central Banks/Official Institutions


Investor Breakdown by Geography





Rest of Europe




Lead Manager Quotes

“Many congratulations to the World Bank team on today’s EUR outing. In recent years, the World Bank has established a strong presence with a well populated, liquid curve in EUR and their strategic commitment continues to be rewarded with excellent execution. This deal is no different and despite a slightly more volatile market backdrop," said Myriam Zapata, Managing Director, ESG SSA DCM, BNP Paribas.

“The World Bank continues to go from strength to strength in Euro. This transaction represents one of the largest orderbooks for the World Bank yet, as well as their joint largest EUR print. A fantastic result that reflects NatWest’s wider commitment and focus on supporting sustainable development. We are proud to have been involved,” Damien Carde, Managing Director, Head of FBG DCM, NatWest Markets.

“Another triumph for the World Bank, cementing its position as a premier euro issuer. The new line with its granular and diversified orderbook adds another liquid point to the World Bank curve. It has been a pleasure for Nomura to be part of this fantastic trade,” said Spencer Dove, Managing Director, Head of SSA DCM, Nomura.

"The World Bank continues to demonstrate its global investor appeal with its first EUR benchmark trade of the year, taking advantage of supportive market conditions by tapping into substantial demand for a 10-year product following a recent back up in yields. The breadth and quality of the order book enabled a EUR 3 billion print, cementing the World Bank's standing as a leading benchmark issuer across all currency markets. TD Securities are delighted to have been involved in both this transaction and the ongoing support of their Sustainable Development mandate," said Laura O'Connor, Managing Director, Debt Capital Markets, TD Securities.

Transaction Summary


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

Issuer rating:

Aaa /AAA (Moody's/S&P)


EUR 3,000,000,000

Settlement date:

February 14, 2024

Maturity date:

February 14, 2034

Issue price:


Issue yield:

2.932% annual


EUR 1,000


2.900% p.a., payable annually


Luxembourg Stock Exchange



Clearing system:


Joint lead managers:

BNP Paribas, NatWest Markets, Nomura, 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.


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.

Net proceeds of the bonds described herein are not committed or earmarked for lending to, or financing of, any particular projects or programs.  Payments on the bonds described herein are not funded by any particular project or program.


Heike Reichelt, Head of Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance, World Bank Treasury,


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