This week, International Rivers joined a group of organizations from Latin America and the United States in addressing a letter to the president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Ilan Goldfajn. The open letter asks that the Bank strengthen its work by ensuring respect for human rights and the environment, as well as by creating spaces for greater articulation with civil society.

Ilan Goldfajn was elected president of the IDB in November 2022 by the Bank’s assembly of governors. (Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Agência Brasil)..

“We consider it essential that the Bank strengthen its practices and operations, facilitating the promotion and respect for human rights, with special attention paid to the needs of communities and indigenous peoples who are at the forefront in the defense of nature, as well as the protection of key ecosystems in the fight against climate change.”

From Open Letter from Civil Society Organizations to the President of the Inter-American Development Bank (February 2023

Since 2017, the group of signatory organizations of the letter has been monitoring and enriching the Bank’s policies and planned projects. The organizations’ input has contributed to the IDB Environmental and Social Policy Framework, the updatedIndependent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism policy, and the Bank’s Access to Information Policy review process.

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