International NGO letter regarding the sale of confiscated precious wood in Madagascar
Please see the attached letter from seven international non-governmental organizations, experts on the topic of illegal logging in Madagascar, to the Minister of Environment and Forests of Madagascar, regarding the risk that a proposed poorly managed sale of illegally-sourced ebony and rosewood currently poses.
Kazakhmys response over ownership of smelter
Submission to the Chinese State Forest Administration regarding the forthcoming Timber Trade and Investment Guideline
The last two decades have seen China’s rapid emergence as a global leader within the international timber trade – as an importer, manufacturer, consumer and exporter of a wide range of wood products, as well as an investor in forest industries around the world.
Congo fails to reveal loss-making oil deal with controversial businessman’s offshore firm
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A New Window of Opportunity in Liberia's Forest Sector
Liberia is home to globally significant forests and most of its people depend on them for their livelihoods. But the restarting of large-scale timber extraction in the country has proven disastrous for local people, the environment, and efforts to strengthen governance. Nonetheless, recent actions by the President and her government to address these failures provide a brief window of opportunity to bring about profound and lasting positive change for Liberia’s forests, the communities that depend on them, and the wider economy.
The Scandal of Nigerian Oil Block OPL 245
Open letter calls for rules to protect climate policy-making from corporate influence as civil society walks out of Warsaw conference
Global Witness expresses its support for civil society colleagues who have walked out of the COP 19 Warsaw Climate Conference in protest at lack of progress towards an international deal to curb soaring global greenhouse gas emissions.
The walkout comes after 70 organisations from across global civil society released this letter calling on the United Nations and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to bring in new rules to protect the global climate talks from the undue influence of the fossil fuel industry.
US “Conflict minerals” legislation: Opportunities and obligations for Chinese companies
In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) eastern provinces of North and South Kivu foreign and Congolese armed groups and members of the Congolese army (FARDC) have made millions of dollars through illegal control of the minerals trade for almost fifteen years.
EITI in South Sudan: The Case for Caution
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Global Witness response to the UK government's consultation on company ownership transparency
At the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, Prime Minister David Cameron committed the UK to creating a central registry of the ultimate - beneficial - owners of all UK companies. He also promised a consultation on whether this registry would be open to the public. This is Global Witness' response to the consultation.