Uttar Pradesh Information Commission

  Shri Jawed Usmani

During his assignment at the World Bank as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director (2007- 2010), Mr. Usmani provided key advice and policy support to the Executive Director in meeting his Board level responsibilities and representing India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan at the World Bank. Also serving as the focal point on climate change and its impact on development he made strategic contributions in the formulation of the Bank’s Strategic Framework for Development and Climate Change and the subsequent establishment of the Climate Investment Funds with a corpus of $6 billion. Mr. Usmani also participated in the meetings of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, and played a role in the discussions shaping the finalization of the report of the group.

Highlights /Achievements

  • As a Deputy to Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India and Member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF), played an active role in the discussions in the meetings of the Principals/Deputies of the AGF and in the finalization of the report of the AGF.
  • As the focal point for climate change issues in the office of the Executive Director, ensured incorporation of developing countries’ concerns in the World Bank’s Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change governing the engagement of the Bank with issues relating to development in the context of climate change.
  • Played a prominent role in the stakeholder consultation in Potsdam, Germany, leading to finalization of the framework document for the Bank administered Climate Investment Funds (the Clean Technology Fund aimed at mitigation and the Strategic Climate Fund aimed at adaptation to climate change). After the establishment of these funds with a corpus of US$ 6 billion, ensured election of India as one of the members of the Trust Fund Committee set up in the year 2008 to manage the CTF, and thereafter represented India on this Committee.
  • Led the discussion on the draft Access to Information Policy for the World Bank and provided key interventions resulting in extensive consultation of the Bank team with the Central Information Commission of India. The Bank thus learnt about India’s Right to Information Act and issues relating to its implementation. The Bank’s Access to Information Policy was therefore substantially influenced and shaped by the provisions of India’s RTI Act.

                                                                                                                                                            July 2004 to October 2007

                                                                                                                                                                   July 1996 to June 2001

                                                                                                                                                                Joint Secretary/ Director

                                                                                                                                                                   Prime Minister’s Office

                                                                                                                                                   Government of India, New Delhi