Human Rights Month: The World Bank and the amendment to its social and environmental safeguard policies: What is new?

Tuesday, June 7, 2013
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC
Room 603




Aldo Caliari, Director, Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, Center of Concern

Leonardo Crippa, Senior Attorney, Indian Law Resource Center

Charles Di Leva, Chief Counsel of the Legal Department, World Bank

Jocelyn Medallo, Senior attorney for International Finance, CIEL

Moderator:  Margaret Wachenfeld, Director of Legal Affairs, Institute for Human Rights and Business 

In 2012, the World Bank launched a two-year consultation process to review and update its social and environmental safeguard policies. These policies were put in place more than two decades ago to prevent undue harm to people and the environment from Bank-funded development projects. They provide guidelines for Bank and borrower personnel in the identification, preparation, and implementation of programs and projects. In addition to the existing eight social and environmental safeguard policies, the Bank is considering alternatives to address other emerging areas not covered by the current safeguard policies. These include climate change, disability, free prior and informed consent of indigenous people, gender, human rights, labor and occupational health and safety, land tenure and natural resources. In the first period of the process, the consultation involved internal dialogue,discussions withshareholders and stakeholders, as well as a global series of focus groups with external experts on each of the seven emerging areas. The panelwill analyze the outcomes of the consultation process as of today and assess the prospects for success of the future policies and their implementation in practice, once this process is completed in 2014.



Presented by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law




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