A June letter to the incoming World Bank president Jim Yong Kim from 141 indigenous groups and supporting civil society organisations called on the Bank for “positive engagement” to “put indigenous peoples at the centre of its development interventions following the framework of respecting the[ir] rights … and ensuring their full and effective participation” to avoid that “the existing mistrust that indigenous peoples feel towards the Bank will persist and worsen”. It also expressed “frustrations” over “the continuing delay” of the Bank’s safeguards review (see Update 79). The letter followed a May statement by the US-based NGO Indian Law Resource Center to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which argued that “we cannot ignore the human rights impacts of the Bank’s practices” and called on the UN to ensure that the Bank implements the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This briefing emphasises the interdependence between the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement, in terms of ensuring that all new infrastructure is climate resilient and aligned with the low- or zero-carbon pathways required to avert catastrophic climate change – which would render achieving the SDGs impossible.
World Bank Enabling the Business of Agriculture rankings prescribe land privatisation at the expense of family farmers, pastoralists, and Indigenous Peoples.
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