"Islamist parties and movements in Arab countries have gained great political importance by making the strategic choice to participate in the legal political process and to acknowledge the legitimacy of the existing constitutional framework. Their political participation has given rise to two major concerns both in the Arab world and in the West. First, are these parties and movements truly committed to democracy? And, will participation itself strengthen their commitment to democratic norms and procedures? The experience of participating Islamist parties and movements in Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, and Yemen, as well as the armed parties in Lebanon and Palestine, reveals a complex picture."
Given the controversial past of Bank policy and the lasting impacts of its projects, some civil society organisations and developing countries feel there should not be a role for the Bank in climate finance due to its:
* inequitable governance;
* ongoing and increasing fossil fuel investment;
* history of imposing economic policy conditionality with impacts that will last for generations;
* poor record in delivering results on development projects and involving communities themselves;
* favouring of large scale development models, many of which are not consistent with a shift toward low-carbon development or issues of equity;
* lack of sufficient environmental and social standards and implementation and enforcement mechanisms;
* lack of sufficient institutional evaluation and commitment to real reform.
"[At] the first-ever live televised general election debate between party leaders[, ] Nick Clegg, for the LibDems, emerged as the clear winner in the eyes of the viewing public and this was borne out in boosts to the party’s ratings in subsequent opinion polls. [..]
With this election expected to be the closest in a generation, there has been much speculation in the run-up to the contest of what might happen if there were to be a “hung parliament,” [..]. All analysis, in that event, points to the LibDems holding the balance of power, enabling them to negotiate to have at least some of their priorities adopted as government policy.
The party wants to establish a global fund that would pump $160 billion a year, between 2013 and 2017, into the developing world for this purpose. That is actually more than most campaigners have asked for, and comes on top of a commitment to the U.N.’s 0.7 percent target of national income to be devoted to foreign assistance by 2013."
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Tuesday, 20 April 2010 by Cairene