Presentation to SCFAID on WB and IMF - April 26, 2007

On April 26th, NSI President, Roy Culpeper, and KAIROS Canada's Global Economic Justice Coordinator, presented their views on the issues raised by the Government’s annual report on the Bretton Woods Organizations (the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank) before members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (SFAIT).  The meeting was called by the Standing Committee in response to a request by the Halifax Initiative Coalition. 

Comments on Bank Operational Policy on Indigenous Peoples - February 28, 2005

February 28, 2005

Indigenous Peoples Coordinator
Mailstop MC5-523
World Bank
1818 H Street
NW Washington DC 20433 USA
Email: indigenouspeoples@worldbank.org

RE: Comments on Revised Draft Operational Policy on Indigenous Peoples (Revised Draft OP 4.10)

Dear Indigenous Peoples Coordinator,

Please find below our comments on the Draft Operational Policy on Indigenous Peoples (Revised Draft OP 4.10).

We the undersigned Canadian organizations and representatives are writing to highlight the need for the World Bank to strengthen its draft OP 4.10 in order to ensure that the policy sufficiently meets international standards and guarantees on the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

In our opinion, for the operational policy to be seen to be credible and effective it must contain mandatory provisions that:

    Submission to World Bank consultations on information disclosure - June 19, 2003

    Disclosure Policy
    Room U-11-003
    World Bank
    1818 H Street
    Washington, DC, 20433
    USA

    Halifax Initiative submission to consultation on draft information disclosure policy

    “Whenever you are in doubt, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest man you have seen. Ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny? Then you will find your doubt melting away”.
    - Mahatma Gandhi

    Halifax Initiative Objectives for the World Bank June 5, 2003

    Halifax Initiative Objectives for the World Bank

    TO begin a transition from its role in financing conventional power loans to a new role in financing sustainable energy technologies the World Bank should :

    CHANGE ENERGY POLICY:

    1. Institute a Moratorium on Lending or Guarantees for any project that involves new exploration for fossil fuel reserves in natural forests, pristine and frontier areas.

    2. Phase Out Lending and Guarantees for any World Bank project that involves coal and oil extraction.

    3. Institute a Moratorium on Lending and Guarantees for fossil fuel power projects pending :

    Evaluations of all current and future power projects in full consultation with the communities most affected by the project, respecting the right of the local populations to decline a project which may adversely impact them;

    Sierra Club Comments on the Prototype Carbon Fund - June 5, 2003

    THE WORLD BANK, BY CREATING THE PCF NOW, IS ACTING UNDEMOCRATICALLY AND IT MUST WAIT FOR A DECISION BY THE CONFERENCE OF PARTIES OF THE KYOTO PROTOCOL.

    A. Initial Questions

    1. How can the World Bank Group recognize the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the development of a Prototype Carbon Fund without addressing the fundamental problem?

    Submission to the SCFAIT Hearings on Bill C-31 on the Export Development Act (October 2001)

    NGO Working Group
    on the Export Development Corporation
    A working group of the Halifax Initiative

    Background paper
    for the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Hearings on Bill C-31 on the Export Development Act

    October 15, 2001

    The NGO Working Group on the Export Development Corporation is a coalition of 17 Canadian non-governmental organisations concerned about the social, human and environmental impacts of export credit agencies. The NGO Working Group has been participating fully in the legislative process on the Export Development Act since 1999, including the SCFAIT hearings in 1999, the public consultations on the EDC’s disclosure policy and environmental review framework, and the international campaign to reform export credit agencies which has focused on the OECD’s Export Credit Guarantees process.

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