Civil society organizations demand reform of World Bank Group lending to private corporations
Commenting on The Social and Environmental Sustainability Policy, Performance Standards and Disclosure Policy
The undersigned civil society organizations have prepared this joint submission to provide an overview of many of our concerns related to IFC’s Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability, the Performance Standards, related guidance documents, and the Disclosure Policy. We believe these concerns should be explored and addressed further through IFC’s current consultation and review process.
Letter to Prime Minister Harper Re: forthcoming G-20 meeting on the global financial crisis - March 26, 2009
Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Re: Forthcoming G-20 meeting on the global financial crisis
Dear Prime Minister:
As you head to London next week for the second Group of Twenty (G-20) meeting, we are writing to urge Canadian leadership on four key issues related to the impact of the financial crisis on poor countries that we feel have been neglected up until now.
To date, your government has focused primarily on addressing the immediate fallout of the financial crisis, and has taken steps to restore the flow of credit and consumer confidence, boost spending, and create jobs. Canada has also encouraged G-20 countries to avoid protectionist measures that will only exacerbate the current climate.
CSO Letter to WB President Re: Bank governance reform - August 28, 2008
August 28, 2008
Mr. Robert B. Zoellick, President
World Bank Headquarters
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
Dear Mr. Zoellick,
Re.: World Bank governance
That the world is at an historical crossroads is evidenced by the rise of powerful new global economies, financial crises in the US and Europe, the high prices for commodities most notably food and fuel, and the overwhelming climate change crisis. This reality has been recognized in numerous fora such as the recent Commonwealth Heads of State conference, which agreed that in the context of these global crises it is more important than ever to have ambitious reform of the international financial institutions.
Letter to Minister Flaherty Re: The Annual Report to Parliament - May 22, 2007
May 22, 2007
Letter to Minister Flaherty Re: Improving Annual report to Parliament on BWIs - January 31, 2007
January 31, 2007
Letter to IFC Executive Directors Re: Glamis Gold mine - May 31, 2005
May 31, 2005
Government of Canada response Re: Debt relief, financing and other issues - April 8, 2005
April 8, 2005
Mr. John Mihevc and co-signatories
Halifax initiative Coalition
104-153 Chapel Street
Ottawa, ON KIN 1H5
Dear Mr. Mihevc and co-signatories:
Thank you for your correspondence of January 28, 2005 regarding debt relief, additional financing and other development issues. I apologize for the delay of my reply.
Comments on the OECD 2003 Common Approaches, Rev. 2 - November 20, 2003
November 20, 2003
Mr. A. Ian Gillespie
President and CEO
Export Development Canada
151 O’Connor Street,
Ottawa, ON K1A 1K3
The Hon. Pierre Pettigrew
Minister of International Trade
Department of Foreign Affairs
125 Sussex Drive, Tower B, 5th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
Dear Minister Pettigrew and Mr. Gillespie,
Thank you for forwarding me Rev. 2 of the OECD “Common Approaches on Environment and Officially Support Export Credits 2003.”
Letter to World Bank President Re: Corruption at Lesotho Highlands water project - August 21, 2003
1818H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
August 21, 2003
Dear Mr. Wolfensohn,
The fight against corruption is a central part of the World Bank mission to reduce poverty and improve the quality of people's lives.
The World Bank response to the loss of Acres International's appeal in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project of Friday, August 15th, 2003, will be indicative of how the World Bank approaches the fight against corruption.
We urge you to debar Acres International from future Bank-financed contracts. We also ask that all existing World Bank contracts with Acres be subject to review to determine whether Acres bid was carried out in a legal manner.