International Human Rights Day 2008: a sad day for indigenous peoples

Victoria Tauli-CorpuzExecutive Director, TEBTEBBA (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education)Chair, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous IssuesPoznan, Poland, 10 December 2008It is with great sadness that today, the 60th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on Human Rights, some States have denied indigenous peoples of their rights at the 14th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC.

Statement by indigenous peoples, local communities and NGOs at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 14. Poznan, 9 December 2008

Indigenous peoples, local communities and NGOs challenge the removal of their rights from UNFCCC decision on REDD

We, the undersigned representatives of indigenous peoples, local communities and non-governmental organizations monitoring the progress of negotiations in Poznan are outraged that the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand opposed the inclusion of recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in

World Bank-funded energy project in India fails to meet agreed social standards - Press release

A recent independent NGO report on the World Bank-funded Lanco Power Station project in Chhattisgarh, India shows serious negative consequences for local communities, including loss of land, polluted rivers and receding water levels. The project is funded by the private sector arm of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which adopted in 2006 a new set of social and environmental safeguards, which the report finds have not been properly applied.

Statement to House of Commons RRI book launch by Andy White, Rights and Resources Initiative 'From Clash of the Commons to a New Agenda for Forests' 14 July 2008

Thank you Marcus, and thank you Mr. Horwood for your work and for hosting this event. It is truly an honor to be here to launch these new reports. It's also an honor to follow Marcus Colchester, who's made outstanding contributions to the recognition of indigenous people's rights around the world, and to precede Joji Cariño and Kyeretwie Opoku, two well recognized leaders on these issues in Asia and Africa.

Speech to House of Commons RRI book launch by Gareth Thomas, MP UK Government Minister for Trade and Development, Department for International Development (DFID) 'From Clash of the Commons to a New Agenda for Forests' 14 July 2008

Good evening everyone. It is a pleasure to be here with you to talk about a new global agenda for forests.

I would like to congratulate the Rights and Resources Initiative on the two important pieces of work that are being published today.

Last December at a meeting at Chatham House I announced a five-year programme of DFID support to RRI, and it is pleasing to see an early return on that investment.

Los Pueblos Indígenas y los Proyectos del Banco Mundial: Una guía para las comunidades acerca de la Política del Banco Mundial sobre Pueblos Indígenas (PO/PB 4.10)

Esta guía illustrada recopilada por el FPP contiene un resumen de unas disposiciones claves en la política de salvaguardia del Banco Mundial sobre Pueblos Indígenas. La guía esta basada en la interpretación del FPP sobre los requisitos de la política que establezcan reglas obligatorias para el personal del Banco y sus prestatarios.

NGOs cease talks with ADB on crucial environmental and social Issues

Press Release: The NGO Forum on the ADB, a global coalition of civil society organizations, collectively pulls out from the current consultations on a new safeguard system for the ADB, due to weaknesses in the draft. The Forum calls for the draft to be reissued for new public consultations.