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Bank President reply on human rights

28 January 2003

James Wolfensohn recently replied to an NGO letter of last summer requesting clarification of what the Bank planned to do to implement a human rights agenda. Wolfensohn said he recently met the newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and reiterated that “continued dialogue with human rights groups as well as with governments and other stakeholders is quite important to the Bank”. Yet the letter did little to take forward this dialogue, making vague references to collaboration in Poverty Reduction Strategies and community driven development.