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Withdraw the Invitation to President Bolsonaro

In December 2021, over one million people from around the world signed a petition calling on the International Criminal Court “to take all necessary steps to start an investigation into Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro for possible crimes against humanity over his government’s policies against the Amazon and its people. We urge member states to take …

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Appointment of NRF Board of Directors Welcome but Guyanese Deserve an Explanation

Policy Forum Guyana (PFG) welcomes the long-delayed appointment of the Board of Directors of the Natural Resources Fund (NRF). The continued absence of this Board has hampered the formulation of the fundamental principles and practices which should guide the work of the Fund.  Having the Board in place will hopefully usher in coherent, transparent, and …

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Call for Preservation of Civic Space in Guyana

The current Government of Guyana won the most bitterly contested elections in the modern era. Despite the slimmest of majorities, the election left the political opposition adrift, providing the Government a lengthy opportunity to get into its stride. Although both domestic and international political fortunes seem aligned in their favour, the Government is more focused …

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Press Release: Campaign To Keep Rivers alive Taken to Communities

Press Release Campaign To Keep Rivers alive Taken to Communities Policy Forum Guyana (PFG), last week commenced the systematic phase of its campaign to protect Guyana’s rivers from the devastation of mining pollution with a training workshop in Kamarang, Upper Mazaruni. Launched last July with a rally, ‘Keep the Rivers Alive’ the campaign aims to …

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The countries most likely to survive climate change

Climate change is real, and it’s coming. The leaders of 150 nations, along with thousands of representatives of nearly 200 countries, meet today in Paris for the 20th time to try and come up with a master plan to stave off the global catastrophe ahead. Scientists have known for decades that the problem on our …

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Global Mercury Assessment DRAFT Technical Background Report

UN Environment is currently developing a Global Mercury Assessment (GMA) to be finalized by the end of 2018, as requested by the Governing Council of the UN Environment Programme  (now UN Environment Assembly)  (Decision 27/12: Chemicals and waste management, 2013). The work will be presented in two reports; 1. A Technical Background Report, a fully …

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Extending Venezuela sanctions to crude oil may backfire

Extending Venezuela sanctions to crude oil may backfire, senators say Four Republican US senators warned President Donald Trump that extending unilateral sanctions against the regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela to that country’s crude oil exports could inadvertently harm US Gulf Coast refiners and the consumers who use their products. “Sanctions targeting the oil sector, …

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Community Engagement in Mining: Sharing Experiences and Best Practices

Resource-rich countries are home to 3.5 billion people. When these resources become a source of conflict between communities, corporations, and government, opportunities for community development are often lost. The immovability of natural resources renders the role of communities located near mining operations of critical importance throughout the mining cycle. The quality of engagement between governments, …

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Past the Tipping Point? Contract Disclosure within EITI

When governments and private sector companies agree to exploit publicly owned natural resources, citizens have the right to know the terms of the resulting deals. These terms are contained in licenses, contracts, regulations and legislation. While regulations and legislation are usually public, licenses and contracts often are not. Four years after the Extractive Industries Transparency …

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Transnational Crime and the Developing World

This March 2017 report from Global Financial Integrity, “Transnational Crime and the Developing World,” finds that globally the business of transnational crime is valued at an average of $1.6 trillion to $2.2 trillion annually. The study evaluates the overall size of criminal markets in 11 categories: the trafficking of drugs, arms, humans, human organs, and cultural property; …

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