The Nobel Women’s Initiative has sent an open letter to the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, expressing concerns with the draft Environmental and Social Framework. The ongoing review of the safeguard process presents a historic opportunity for the World Bank to promote environmental and social justice for both people and the planet.
The letter includes three recommendations. Laureates call for the adoption of a mandatory gender safeguard policy in order to ensure the ability of women to contribute to, and benefit from Bank projects.
The World Bank must also eliminate the loopholes that would allow countries to violate the rights of indigenous peoples. This is a key issue as there are opt out clauses in the new safeguard policy that allow countries to adopt an alternative approach that can strip indigenous peoples of their rights.
The Laureates also a call for the World Bank to assess the effects of its projects on climate change. They encourage the Bank to strengthen the new policies with mandatory requirements on climate change.
Read the full text of the letter here.
Nobel Winning Women Agree: World Bank Safeguards Don’t Cut It, Huffington Post, 27 February 2015.
PFII Urges World Bank to Improve Consultation with Indigenous Peoples, International Institute for Sustainable Development, 6 February 2015.
Human Rights Experts Denounce World Bank’s Proposed Safeguard Changes, Huffington Post, 17 December 2014.