News: PWYP in Lima
February 21, 2016.
PWYP members are coming from all over the world to participate in our PWYP Global Assembly on Monday and Tuesday, and then join the EITI Conference on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. To find out more about what is happening during our members’ Global Assembly follow the conversation using #PWYPGA2016. To find out about the EITI conference, join the conversation using #EITI2016.
This is also the week that we are welcoming our new Executive Director, Elisa Peter, who will take over at a crucial time as our current Director, Marinke van Riet, moves on. We are very grateful to Marinke for her commitment, passion and dynamism, which helped galvanise PWYP’s achievements to date. Thanks to her, PWYP has become a coalition of coordinated leaders and members from the north, the south, the east and the west. Elisa takes over at an important time and we look forward to seeing her bring PWYP forward. Follow Elisa on Twitter using her handle @ElisaPeter and Marinke with her handle @Marinkekarianne.
Below are some more details about the Global Assembly and about our members’ activities at the EITI conference
PWYP members’ Global Assembly
It has been just under three and a half years since we last came together as a global coalition – and PWYP has come such a long way during that time.
The goals of this assembly are for PWYP members to reflect on PWYP’s progress since we last met in Amsterdam in late 2012; to review the PWYP Vision 20/20 strategy and advance on PWYP’s overall governance; and to identify challenges and priorities for the coming years. In addition, we need to agree key goals for the EITI’s 7th Global Conference, which takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We look forward to a productive and fun meeting ending in a great party! We’ll then join the EITI conference during which there will be many interesting and relevant side events, as well as key interventions events.
It is only natural that the RLIE are hosting the PWYP Global Assembly: they are one of the newest kids in the growing PWYP family and after all we are in RLIE’s backyard! We’d like to thank them and especially Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR) for all their work in making this event happen and getting us all here.
The EITI National Expo
There will be a PWYP stand at the EITI National Expo, which is a forum where EITI countries and key supporters of the EITI present progress and innovations in mineral resource governance, share experiences and get to know each other. Our stand is our members’ stand and we invite all members to bring their material to share at the stand. You can also come and find out more about our progress in the past five years.
The EITI Conference
During the conference our members and CSO friends have organised interesting and relevant side events, which we highlight here.
2:00pm - 4:00pm: Participation is power — How protecting citizens’ voices will deliver real results in natural resource governance
The event is organised by Propuesta Ciudadana, PWYP, PSG and Oxfam.
The adoption of the Civil Society Protocol in January 2015 spelled out in more concrete terms how citizens - and in particular civil society activists’ – effective participation should look like in an EITI context. A year after its enforcement, the potential of the Protocol, especially in countries where civic space is shrinking, remains widely untapped. Apart from a few rare cases (notably Azerbaijan), in which the Protocol came to use, it seems that its existence remains unknown to many local actors. What lessons can we draw from this past year of the Protocol’s existence? How can we unlock its potential to widely protect civil society engagement in the EITI, particularly in difficult environments or remote areas? What other mechanisms exist and could function in combination with the Protocol to strengthen participation in the EITI context? This panel will hear direct testimonies from activists facing challenges implementing EITI (and other transparency reforms) and create a space for frank and propositional discussion on how the EITI Civil Society Protocol could be strengthened to support greater civil society and citizen engagement based on the practical experience of 3+ countries that are at different stages of implementing the EITI Standard.
Interpretation will be provided in English, French, Russian and Spanish.
For further information, please contact Asmara Klein ([email protected]).
5:30pm - 7:00pm: Extractive Industries and Social-environmental information: the role of EITI
The event is organised by Red Latinoamericana sobre Industrias Extractivas (RLIE), Publish What You Pay (PWYP), Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) y Oxfam with the support of Cordaid.
Latin America is one of the regions where extractive activites have most increased in the last decades. This has generated economic growth and increased public rent, but also contributed to the growth of social conflicts as a result of the social and environmental impacts of extraction. Governments, companies and civil society have therefore put energy into generating and publishing a large amount of information on the operations of mining, oil and gas projects, with the objective of promoting better accountability and potential for participation. However, important challenges remain, above all when it comes to social-environmental information. The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative has gained an important present in Latin America over the last few years as a tool that can improve transparency. There are five countries in different phases of implementation in the region: Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras. Mexico and the Dominican Republic are in the further stages of preparing their candidacy application, while Chile has signaled an interest in joining EITI. In these different processes, a recurring theme which keeps getting stronger is the use of the initiative as a tool to solicit information on the social and environmental elements of extractive activity. Furthermore, it is a question which has been raised in other regions – currently, 12 countries across the globe have commited to publishing social-environmental data in their EITI reports.
The objective of the session is to create a multi-actor space for the exchange of information, experiences and reflections on the role of EITI as a mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability on social-environmental data related to extractive activity in Latin America and other regions.
Interpretation will be available in English and Spanish.
For further information, please contact Aroa de la Fuente ([email protected]).
5:30pm - 7:05pm: Catch the Buzz on Mandatory Reporting Laws and Their Global Implications: Industry, CSO and Investor Views
The event is organised by Natural Resources Canada.
As the trend toward extractive sector transparency grows, a number of jurisdictions have developed domestic legislation requiring extractive companies to publicly report all material payments to all governments around the world on a country and project basis. Canada’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA), the EU Accounting Directive, and the US Dodd Frank Act (s. 1504) are examples of efforts to legislate worldwide reporting of payments to governments, project by project. The session will allow panellists to provide updates on the development and implementation of legislation, as well as challenges, lessons learned and opportunities created by these legislative efforts. Topics will include the value of multi-stakeholder engagement, comparison of mandatory reporting standards with each other and with the EITI reporting standard, company perspectives on complying with transparency standards around the world, and preparing for the deluge of data that will be made public in the coming months. Interpretation will be available in French and Spanish. For further information, please contact Mora Johnson ([email protected]).
10:00am - 5:45pm: Data Storytelling Bootcamp and From EITI Data to Development
The event is organised by CCSI, IBIS and OpenOil. Co-hosted by the EITI International Secretariat, the International Monetary Fund, Omidyar Network, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank.
EITI, Omidyar Network, UNEP, World Bank and IMF, invite EITI stakeholders to a data storytelling bootcamp. The goal of the bootcamp is - in line with the Conference theme of transitioning “From Reports to Results” - to share experiences and to work together to put the growing amount of EITI data to use. The longer-term objectives are to demonstrate that disclosing EITI Reports as Open Data leads to a range of benefits for all stakeholders, and to develop a community of data storytellers and Open Data experts in the EITI countries. Participants of the Data Storytelling Bootcamp will get an introduction to of a range of EITI data projects during the morning, get to know them better and then finally select one workstream. After lunch, the participants of each workstream will sit together and develop a story, a concept, a visual or another kind of product that will be demonstrated in the final session.
The event is in English.
For further information and to register, please visit https://eiti.org/event/dsb16
11:00am - 12:30pm: Contract transparency
An increasing number of countries are making oil and mining contracts publicly available. The session will explore recent developments in contract transparency and the arguments for and against disclosing contracts. The session will also look at how information in published contracts can be made accessible and usable to the public. Speakers
9:00am - 10:30am: PLENARY IV: Improving governance in an era of low commodity prices
The dynamics of extractive sector governance are being shaped by low commodity prices. The session will discuss how the EITI can address the volatility challenge and how transparency can contribute to improved planning and more efficient governance.
13.30.pm - 15.30pm: EITI Stakeholders’ Forum Our new Executive Director Elisa Peter will address the EITI conference with a three minute statement. In the past, the Stakeholder Forum has been used by governments and others to express their commitment to the EITI, and by all stakeholders to make statements about natural resource governance more broadly. It is also an opportunity to share views on the future development of the EITI.
4:00pm - 6:00pm “Who Has a Say?” – Community Consultation and Consent Trends in the Oil and Mining Sectors (event organised by EITI partners)
This event will allow for information sharing and dialogue among national and international stakeholders on the latest global and regional trends relating to community consultation and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) for oil, gas, and mining projects. Representatives of the Peruvian government, an indigenous federation, and the private sector will comment on two new research reports which will be presented by Oxfam and the Due Process of Law Foundation. Oxfam’s Community Consent Index 2015 (http://www.oxfam.org/communityconsent) examines publicly available corporate commitments regarding community rights and community engagement, with particular attention to FPIC. The Right to Consultation and FPIC in Latin America evaluates the implementation of the right to consultation and FPIC in six Latin American countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, and Peru. The panel will also discuss the application of the right to consultation for indigenous peoples in Peru.
The event is organised by Oxfam and the Ministry of Culture of Peru. For further information, please contact Scott Sellwood ([email protected]).