Global Witness is hosting an in-depth discussion with the President of the Republic of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo, in London on Wednesday 18th November 2009, from 3 to 5pm.
The focus of the discussion will be the opportunities and risks presented by a UN deal on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and its potential to deliver significant environmental and economic benefits to Guyana, its forests and its people.
There will be short presentations from the President and the Chairperson of the National Toshaos Council (leader of indigenous peoples’ groups) as well as Global Witness and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), followed by an open Question and Answer session in which all guests will have the opportunity to participate.
Global Witness' website describes the orgainsation as an international one that exposes the corrupt exploitation of natural resources and international trade systems, to drive campaigns that end impunity, resource-linked conflict, and human rights and environmental abuses.
It is also being touted as the first organisation that sought to break the links between the exploitation of natural resources, and conflict and corruption; and the results of these investigations and their powerful lobbying skills have been not only a catalyst, but a main driver behind most of the major international mechanisms and initiatives that have been established to address these issues; including the Kimberley Process and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Global Witness is largely responsible for natural resources occupying the prominent role in the international agenda that they currently do.