World Bank’s Zoellick to visit Unity College Friday

Robert Zoellick, the president of the World Bank Group, plans to visit Unity College on Friday.

According to a Monday release, Zoellick’s brother is chair of the college’s board of trustees. This will be Zoellick’s first visit to Unity College, and will include a luncheon and “informal fireside chat” with students in the Quimby Library.

From the release:

Through his brother, William, Chair of the Unity College Board of Trustees, Robert developed an understanding of Unity College’s mission, initiatives, and commitment to becoming one of the finest environmental colleges in the United States, focusing in recent years on sustainability for the 21st century.

 In turn, Unity learned of Robert Zoellick’s longstanding commitment to public service and particularly the promotion of economic approaches that have helped the developing world achieve stability and economic security, which inevitably leads to the proper conservation of resources and sustainable approaches to natural resources.

So what exactly is the World Bank? Here’s an explainer from the group’s website:

 We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. We comprise two institutions managed by 187 member countries: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The IBRD aims to reduce poverty in middle-income and creditworthy poorer countries, while IDA focuses exclusively on the world’s poorest countries. These institutions are part of a larger body known as the World Bank Group.