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Briefing Document

A New Window of Opportunity in Liberia's Forest Sector

12th December 2013
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.

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.

Open letter calls for rules to protect climate policy-making from corporate influence as civil society walks out of Warsaw conference

21st November 2013
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

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

13th August 2013

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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

22nd October 2013
South Sudan’s government has publically announced its intention to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative on several occasions. Global Witness welcomes South Sudan’s commitment to the EITI process. However, we are concerned about the risks that rushed EITI membership poses, and recommend that South Sudan focus capacity on the implementation of its own very progressive laws. This memo explains this position more fully.

Download a PDF of this memo here.

What is the EITI?

Global Witness response to the UK government's consultation on company ownership transparency

16th September 2013
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.

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. 

All Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption

7th January 2013

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption was established on the 7th November 2011 to

bring together interested Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords to raise awareness of the impact of international corruption and to enhance and strengthen UK anti-corruption policies and mechanisms including parliamentary scrutiny.”

The APPG is a cross party group of MPs and peers from the British Parliament who have come together to analyse and strengthen the UK’s anti-corruption policies.  The APPG does this by:

Bond Anti-Corruption Group

1st September 2010

The Bond Corruption Group is made up of likeminded British NGOs who, through their work, witness the devastating effects of corruption on developing countries every day. Our experience has taught us that corruption continues to be one of the biggest obstacles to development, poverty alleviation and good governance. Our aim is to draw attention to the impact of corruption on developing countries and provide a platform for the voices of our partners and southern civil society organizations to be heard in the UK.

Briefing: The benefits for Uganda of joining the emerging global transparency standard for extractive industry revenues

16th August 2013
This paper summarizes the implications for Uganda of the new international transparency requirements for the extractive industries agreed in the US and EU, and by the EITI, and provides policy recommendations for Government.

This paper summarizes the implications for Uganda of the new international transparency requirements for the extractive industries agreed in the US and EU, and by the EITI, and provides policy recommendations for Government.

New evidence ties BSGR to company behind Guinea mine bribery

15th August 2013
A director of Beny Steinmetz Group Resources set up a company that signed corrupt deals with the wife of an African president in a multi-billion-dollar mine scandal, Global Witness has learned. BSGR says that corruption allegations are “entirely baseless.”
  • Beny Steinmetz Group Resources director set up company that promised bribes
  • BSGR misled with claims Pentler Holdings was set up independently
  • Representatives wired payments to president’s wife
  • Global Witness revealed in April that BSGR and Pentler signed corrupt contracts

A director of Beny Steinmetz Group Resources set up a company that signed corrupt deals with the wife of an African president in a multi-billion-dollar mine scandal, Global Witness has learned.