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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

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:

    Event: Conference on Risk, Responsibility and Human Rights - May 3-4, 2004

    Risk, Responsibility and Human Rights: Assessing the Human Rights Impacts of Trade and Project Finance

    Panel discussion and expert meeting


    In an effort to address the lack of dialogue around the issue of human rights and trade and project financing, and acknowledging the increasing pressure for corporations, ECAs and other public international financial institutions (PIFIs) to take human rights into account, the NGO Working Group on Export Development Canada (WG), in collaboration with Rights & Democracy (formerly ICHRDD), organized a meeting in Ottawa on May 3rd and 4th, 2004 to discuss how the human rights impacts of trade and project finance can be assessed.


    This conference builds on previous discussions amongst civil society on this issue. The May 2004 workshop will build on those initial meetings, bringing together experts from government (including EDC), academia and civil society to explore the challenges and opportunities for developing a Human Rights Impact Assessment.

    When: May 3-4, 2004
    Where: Volunteer Canada, McLeod Street, Ottawa, Ontario





    Risk, Responsibility and Human Rights (May 2004)

    Picture of Risk, Responsibility and Human Rights Final Report

    For pdf click here

    A Multistakeholder meeting on "Risk, Responsibility and Human Rights: Assessing the Human Rights Impacts of Trade and Project Finance" was organized by the NGO Working Group on EDC in May 2004. A Discussion paper was prepared for the meeting looking at how ECAs and other International Finance Institutions take (or don't take) human rights into account. It made a number of suggestions as to how to mainstream human rights into the project cycle, including a proposal for a human rights impact assessment, and commensurate mechanisms within IFIs.

    The Final Report provides the minutes from the meeting, including the presentations made by various speakers, discussion sessions, and a summary of the two day event.

    Un aperçu général des présentations faites par divers conférenciers et du contenu des séances de discussion est disponible en français, de même qu’un résumé des conclusions du colloque.

    Press Release - Monday, February 9, 2004

    High Level World Bank Review calls for the phase out of World Bank involvement in oil exploitation and coal mining

    Bank Management to ignore recommendations says leaked report

    (Ottawa) February 9th, 2004 -- Conforming to industry’s desires, the World Bank management is pushing to have its Board of Directors reject the recommendations of an independent review of its performance in the oil, coal, and mining sectors, according to a leaked report. The World Bank’s Management Response to the Extractive Industries Review (EIR) was leaked last week.

    Event: Talk on Colombian struggle against privatization - December 2, 2003



    This meeting will be in English and Spanish


    SPEAKER:  Jorge Lerma, President, Union Sindical de Trabajadores de las Communicaciones (USTC) 

    WHEN:  7 pm, Tuesday, December 2, 2003 

    WHERE:  PSAC Meeting Rm, Ground Floor, 233 Gilmour Street 

    SPONSORED BY:  CUPE, CUPW, PSAC, ODLC, Sisters in Solidarity, CLC, CEP, CAW, NGO Working Group on EDC

    Event: Cross-Canada talks on forced disappearances - December 1 - 9, 2003

    2003 John Humphrey Freedom Award poster THE STRUGGLE AGAINST FORCED DISAPPEARANCES

    Meet indigenous human rights activist, Angélica Mendoza de Ascarza and, Marta Cecilia Domicó, daughter of disappeared indigenous leader, Kimy Pernía Domicó, during their Canadian tour of the 2003 John Humphrey Freedom Award

    Visit Rights & Democracy for further details on the award, and see the schedule below to see if the speakers are coming to your town.


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