“Now we have the enormous challenge of ensuring that States fulfill their commitments”, Miskito leader says.
Miskito leader Mirna Kay Cunningham said that indigenous peoples of the world should be happy about the outcome of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, held on the 22 and 23 of September in New York City.
IWGIA has sent a letter to the World Bank related to the review of its Environmental and Social Safeguard Policies. By proposing an alternative approach to applying its safeguards on Indigenous Peoples the bank disregards international law on indigenous peoples rights and undermines achievements and standards of regional human rights mechanisms.
In an unprecedented move, the World Bank will be proposing that governments could ‘opt-out’ of requirements designed to protect indigenous peoples from unintended and negative consequences from development activities funded by the multilateral lender. In a leaked draft of new environmental and social standards to be considered for public consultation by a committee of the World Bank Executive Board on 30th of July, language has been included that would allow governments to disregard their existing obligations to indigenous peoples.