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Holding Mining Companies Accountable

Contamination of food and water, forced labour, cancer and lung disease, environmental degradation, armed conflict . . . the list of human rights violations caused by the extractive industries is long and unacceptable.

The Post-2015 sustainable development agenda must transform resource extraction, the violence it causes and the development model that promotes it, writes Kathryn Tobin of the Mining Working Group at the UN (MWG), a civil society coalition working in 27 countries.

But how should a country or community determine whether a new extraction project should be allowed to go ahead?

To answer this question, the MWG has developed a Rights-Based Litmus Test for policy-makers – based on states' international obligations – which has four basic principles:

Roberto Bissio at the UN: Making Accountability Meaningful

Taking a 4000 year view of history, Social Watch Coordinator Roberto Bissio recently testified before the United Nations General Assembly that accountability is only meaningful if the powerful can be brought to account.

In the modern world, Bissio argues that this means holding companies accountable not only to their owners and consumers, but to their workers and people affected by their operations as well.  At a minimum, companies 'partnering' with the UN should be subject to the same reporting requirements as NGOs, including financial reports and a demonstrated adherence to human rights and UN principles.

You can watch Bissio's testimony here:

Bissio also describes how power dynamics between rich and 'poor' countries can undermine platforms for 'mutual accountability'.

A Migrant Worker's Testimony to the Post-2015 High Level Panel

The following statement was delivered to the UN High Level Panel on Post-2015 Development by Siti Mariyam, an Indonesian migrant worker, on 25 March 2013.

For the last ten years, at least 200 million migrant workers in all over the world have been moving the world’s economy and bring advantages to our country and the countries where we work. Majority of us are women and work as domestic workers.

We are in vulnerable condition. In this we almost have no legal protection, even though we have contributed alot, but our mobility has been limited with policies which are discriminative, exploitative, anti-migration, criminalization and put us as informal sector. Working abroad is our human right that should be promoted, fullfilled and protected by the country of origin and the country of destination.

A Red Flag for the Post-2015 High Level Panel

As the UN High Level Panel on Post 2015 meets in Bali, a broad and diverse coalition of civil society activists and organisations including the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, has presented the panel with a "Red Flag" consisting of eight issues that must be addressed if civil society is to support the panel's efforts to frame a new global sustainable development agenda. 

MY World - A Survey about Post 2015 Priorities

  

The United Nations has teamed up with GCAP, youth groups, private sector bodies and other NGO partners to launch MY World, an online poll to ask people everywhere about the issues that make the most difference to their lives.

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