Thursday, 9 January 2014

The State of Rights and Resources 2013-14 : watch the live webcast : Forest Peoples Programme : Rights and Resources Initiative

The State of Rights and Resources 2013-2014  
A panel on the role of the private sector and others in strengthening community land rights 

February 5, 2014
10:00 AM GMT 
The Royal Society - Kohn Center 
6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London

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 The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP)  
are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion on the current state of rights and resources around the world.

Please R.S.V.P by January 31, 2014 
Or, watch the live webcast in 

Abdon Nababan - Secretary General, Indigenous Peoples' Alliance of Indonesia's Archipelago (AMAN)
Duncan Pollard - Associate Vice President, Stakeholders Engagement in Sustainability, Nestlé S.A.
Jenny Springer - Director, Global Programs, Rights and Resources Initiative
Megan MacInnes - Campaign Leader for Land, Global Witness 
Raul Silva Telles do Vale - Policy and Rights Program Coordinator, Instituto Socioambiental (ISA)

Moderated by

 Fred Pearce - Journalist and author of The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth  

Opening Remarks
Joji Cariño - Executive Director, Forest Peoples Programme
  Andy White - Coordinator, Rights and Resources Initiative

There was much good rhetoric and many encouraging pronouncements on community land rights in 2013 -- from courts, governments, and some of the world's largest corporations. But there was much less evidence of action on the ground. In fact, new research to be launched at this event reveals a global slowdown in the recognition of community rights in tropical forested countries. Despite some high-profile enactments, less new legislation has been passed since 2008 than in the preceding six years, and the laws that have emerged are weaker than before. One possibility for more progress is the private sector, which had much more to say on land rights in 2013 than ever before. Through its global reach and economic importance, an enlightened private sector can shift the balance decisively away from a corporate land rush and towards community and indigenous land rights. Our panel will put into context the growing evidence of potential for transformative change in 2014, and ask how  commitments from the private sector and others can be put into practice. 

Click here for more information. To attend the event in London, please contact Madiha Qureshi.

Rights and Resources Initiative | 1238 Wisconsin Ave. NW | Suite 300 | Washington, D.C. | USA

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