Briefing Document / May 15, 2012

Joint civil society letter to NATO on Afghanistan's extractives industry

Ahead of the NATO Chicago Summit this month, Global Witness, Integrity Watch Afghanistan, and the Revenue Watch Institute have sent a joint civil society letter to Secretary General Rasmussen urging all NATO member countries to address the role Afghanistan’s extractives sector will play in stabilising the country over the next decade.

At Chicago, we are calling on NATO to:

  • Join development partners and the Afghan government in endorsing language which recognises the need to put transparency, accountability and international best practice standards at the core of extractive sector development.
  • Commit to working alongside the government and development partners in establishing a shared mutual accountability framework for the extractives sector. Such a framework should include specific, measurable and time-bound implementation benchmarks for these standards. Progress against these should be regularly monitored and results published.

To read the full letter, please click here.