Event to discuss environmental and human rights challenges facing Brazil for it to join the OECD
This event marks the launch of a report on Brazil´s omissions regarding climate change and deforestation, threats to the rights of the indigenous peoples, threats to environmental and human rights defenders and threats to workers´ rights.
Sede da OCDE em Paris (Foto: Hervé Cortinat/ OECD)
OECD Watch, along with Conectas Human Rights, FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) and SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations) are organising an event on Tuesday (22), urging the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) to demand that Brazil implement large reforms in the areas of environmental protection, human rights and workers´ rights as a prerequisite for entering the organization.
In January 2022, the OECD invited Brazil and another five countries to start the accession process, with a view to joining the organisation. In the eyes of OECD Watch and its partners, Brazil is not currently eligible to become a full member.
Over a year ago, OECD Watch, Conectas, FIDH and SOMO, in conjunction with Brazilian and international civil society – carried out extensive research, exposing gaps in governance regarding the environment, human rights and workers´ rights in Brazil. This event will mark the launch of five pieces of research on gaps concerning climate change and deforestation, environmental degradation, threats to the rights of the indigenous peoples, threats to environmental and human rights defenders and threats to workers´ rights.
The launch of the research will include a discussion on the human and planetary impacts of these gaps and the need for OECD action to help eliminate them.
How to participate in the event?
The event is open to both governments that are members of the OECD and those that are not, civil society, trade unions, investors, companies and other interested parties.
The event will begin at 10am and will be online. To sign up, go to this link.
Participants on the discussion panel include: Vice Chief Sucupira Pataxó, representing the indigenous community affected by the Brumadinho dam burst, Jandyra Uehara, National Secretary of Social Policy and Human Rights at the Central Única dos Trabalhadores, Suely Araújo, a senior expert at the Climate Observatory, Eric Pedersen, an investor at Nordea and Daniela Costa-Bulthuis, an investor at Robeco. Moderation will be by Júlia Mello Neiva, coordinator on the Conectas Defence of Socioenvironmental Rights programme.