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Tri Caucus at the Bonn UNFCCC Intercessional Meeting 2012

November 19, 2014
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Introducing the Tri-Caucus: “It takes a village”

In the world of UN climate negotiations, in which 194 official parties, as well as hundreds of observers and representatives from civil society and indigenous groups, have different and complex agendas and priorities, meaningful progress to reduce emissions is a … Continue reading

International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) comprises of indigenous peoples organizations/institutions from seven regions of the world; namely; Asia, Asia-Pacific, Africa, Arctic, Latin America, North America and Russia. Indigenous leaders formed this forum in 2000 as a mechanism to develop and strengthen united position/statement of indigenous peoples on climate change adaptation and mitigation; and sustain its human rights based advocacy and lobby work with government representatives and other stakeholders in the UNFCCC meetings.   The REDD+ Safeguards Working Group is a North-South coalition of civil society, indigenous peoples’ and local community organizations cooperating to ensure effective implementation of safeguards and the achievement of benefits for communities, climate and biodiversity through the global REDD+ mechanism. It currently comprises more than 30 organizations. For more information on our network, visit http://reddplussafeguards.com/   The Accra Caucus is a network of NGOs representing about one hundred civil society and indigenous peoples’ organization from 38 countries. The Caucus works to place the rights of indigenous peoples and forest communities at the center of negotiations on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), and to ensure that efforts to reduce deforestation promote good governance and are not a substitute for emissions reductions in industrialized countries

November 6, 2014
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Protecting Colombia’s Santurbán Páramo

Colombia’s thirty-four páramos are unique, high-altitude wetland ecosystems that serve as vital sources of freshwater for nearby inhabitants’ survival. To those who don’t directly rely on a healthy páramo ecosystem for life, however, these highlands have a different draw: precious … Continue reading

August 2, 2014
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Facing Goliath: CIEL lends David a (legal) hand

  A new amicus brief supports human rights and environmental protection in El Salvador’s battle to uphold environmental laws against Pac Rim Mining Corporation’s lawsuit. On July 25, CIEL co-hosted a brownbag lunch discussion featuring Teodoro Antonio Pacheco, a Salvadoran … Continue reading

Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C.

June 11, 2014
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ACTION: Delegation Urges Peruvian Embassy to Protect Human Rights Near Conga Mine

By Christine La Communications Intern On May 23, 2014, a small delegation representing 80 human rights, environmental, indigenous, and faith-based organizations delivered a joint statement to the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, DC, calling for protection and justice for the people … Continue reading

June 9, 2014
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Speaking Tour Brings Attention to Guatemala Mining Conflict and US’ Role

Tahoe Resource Inc.’s Escobal silver mine in the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores, southeastern Guatemala, is the subject of local opposition and ongoing legal processes. Community leaders have faced repression, criminalization, and violence for their efforts to promote consultation … Continue reading

my guide square

June 5, 2014
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We are all Forest Defenders: CIEL launches key rights tools for YOU to push for stronger international policy on REDD+

By Allie Silverman Staff Attorney, Climate & Energy Program When you work on international environmental law and policy issues as I do, it can sometimes be challenging to feel optimistic. However, I am pleased to share at least two reasons … Continue reading

June 2, 2014
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VIDEO: Tom Lantos Testimony on World Bank Lending & Human Rights, Part 2 of 2 (Chad & Honduras)

(This post is a continuation of the previous videos posted here.) Continuing the coverage of ongoing review of the World Bank’s environmental and social safeguard policies, CIEL presents the second installation of videos from the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission … Continue reading

June 2, 2014
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VIDEO: Tom Lantos Testimony on World Bank Lending & Human Rights, Part 1 of 2 (HRW & Uzbekistan)

As the World Bank evaluates its environmental and social safeguards, many civil society organizations from across the globe have criticized existing standards and provided recommendations to ensure human rights are respected in development finance. On April 9th of this year, … Continue reading