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Beyond Kampala: Creating a Legitimate Peace Process for Eastern Congo

This dispatch is based on research and interviews conducted by the author in Kampala, Uganda between September 11–18, 2013 at the site of Kampala Peace Talks between the Government of Congo and the M23. It is part of an ongoing Enough Project series on issues related to the peace process in Congo and the Great Lakes region.

National Geographic on Conflict Minerals: Opportunity to Grow the Clean Minerals Trade in Congo

A child is put to work at a militia-run mine in Watsa | Marcus Bleasdale

The latest issue of National Geographic magazine, the 125th Anniversary Collector’s Edition “Photography Issue,” explores the role conflict minerals play in the violence in eastern Congo.  Read More »

John Prendergast to Participate in State Department Google+ Hangout about the U.S. and United Nations

Sep 18 2013 1:00 pm
America/New York

The U.S. and the United Nations: The Case for Multilateralism

 

The U.S. Department of State hosts a Google+ Hangout on the relationship between the United States and the United Nation (UN) and why youth, in particular, should care about multilateralism.

 

Participating in the hangout will be:  

Dean Pittman - Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs

John Prendergast- Co-Founder, Enough Project, Center for American Progress

Mark Leon Goldberg- Reporter, UN Dispatch

Tiffany Taylor- U.S. Youth Observer

Join the conversation by posting your questions on Google+ and Twitter using #UNMatters.

http://goo.gl/1wilaj

Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

A weekly roundup of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

U.N. Peace Day 2013: Peace for the DR Congo

Mac McKinney

I really didn’t know much about Congo until I met a journalist who had been there and told me about the ongoing conflicts in Congo.  Read More »

John Prendergast to Speak at the University of Utah: "A Changing Africa"

Sep 11 2013 11:00 am
Sep 11 2013 12:00 pm
US/Mountain

The Tanner Humanities Center is proud to present
the 2013 World Leaders Lecture Forum

John Prendergast

"A Changing Africa"

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
11 AM - 12 PM

Libby Gardner Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, UT

This event is free and open to the public.

A community screening of the documentary War Child, which co-stars Prendergast, will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at 7 PM at the Broadway Cinemas, 111 E 300 S. This screening is free and open to the public.

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Freedom House and Human Rights First Conference: Society Under Assault

Sep 12 2013 8:00 am
Sep 12 2013 4:00 pm
America/New York

FREEDOM HOUSE & HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST
PRESENT

Civil Society Under Assault: Global Repercussions and U.S. Responses 
A conference exploring the global crackdown against civil society

Thursday, September 12, 2013
8:00am - 4:00pm

Submit questions and follow the conversation at #NGOCrackdown

More Info> 

The event will be live-streamed here at 8:45am ET on September 12th. 

Register Here.

New Report: Expectations for Companies' Conflict Minerals Reporting

Today, the Enough Project along with the Responsible Sourcing Network released a report,"Expectations for Companies' Conflict Minerals Reporting", that articulates key reporting components that are important to socially responsible investors and rights groups who have been advocates for a clean minerals trade.  Read More »

Investors and Human Rights Advocates Set Expectations for SEC Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Reports

Date: 
Sep 5, 2013

Enough Project and Responsible Sourcing Network Press Release 

Embargoed Until: 12:01 a.m. ET, Thursday, September 5, 2013                     

Contacts: Carine Umuhumuza, cumuhumuza@enoughproject.org, 202-478-5314

  Katherine Kassing,katherine@asyousow.org,510-735-8144 

Investors and Human Rights Advocates Set Expectations for SEC Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Reports

As companies prepare their first required reports on conflict mineral use to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, key investors and human rights groups, have released a paper that sets expectations for the contents of the inaugural reports required by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

"Expectations for Companies’ Conflict Minerals Reporting" describes the content that sustainable and responsible investors and human rights advocates expect to see in a company’s Specialized Disclosure Form and/or Conflict Minerals Report. These disclosures will include information on the use of minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or neighboring countries, where egregious human rights abuses linked to the mining industry have plagued the region for 15 years. 

Patricia Jurewicz, Director of Responsible Sourcing Network and co-author of the paper, states:

“Investors would like to see their companies establish baselines the first year and specify the steps they are taking so we can then measure improvements in transparency and accountability reporting over time. Our paper provides a set of specific indicators that can be tracked to allow for comparability between annual reports.”

Both Responsible Sourcing Network and the Enough Project, authoring organizations of the paper, engaged with the SEC throughout the process of defining the reporting requirements for section 1502, which began in 2010. 
 
Darren Fenwick, Senior Government Affairs Manager at the Enough Project and co-author of the paper states:

“Advocates for a clean minerals trade wish to understand how issuers, who are connected to the Congo through mineral sourcing, are addressing their connection to the conflict that has resulted in millions of deaths. Additionally, companies whose reports show compliance benefit from positive public sentiment and increased brand recognition.” 

The paper details the expectations for companies’ successful reporting, including:

  • Constructing key elements of a vigorous company conflict minerals policy and steps for implementing a program
  • ​Metrics that companies should track to effectively determine their actions to accurately assess the origin of their minerals
  • Commitment to only using minerals from smelters that have been audited as conflict-free by a credible program such as the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative as they become available; and
  • Building a clean minerals trade by 1) Committing to sourcing conflict-free minerals from Congo and the surrounding region; and 2) Implementing OECD due diligence processes to determine if an issuers’ minerals are contributing to the conflict. 

Stakeholders also encourage companies to take compliance beyond the 1502 reporting requirements to help create a peaceful and secure Congo by participating in diplomatic efforts and contributing to alternative livelihood projects in the region. 

Read the paper, "Expectations for Companies' Conflict Minerals Reporting": http://www.enoughproject.org/files/Expectations-for-Companies-Conflict-Minerals-Reporting.pdf

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Responsible Sourcing Network (www.sourcingnetwork.org), a project of the nonprofit organization As You Sow (www.asyousow.org), is dedicated to ending human rights abuses and forced labor associated with the raw materials found in products we use every day. RSN builds responsible supply chain coalitions of diverse stakeholders to leverage their influence in the areas of conflict minerals from the Congo and forced labor in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan. 

Enough Project (www.enoughproject.org) is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. 

Report: The Recent Fighting in Eastern Congo and Its Implications for Peace

A new Enough Project infographic and accompanying table reveals how the M23 rebel group and the Congolese national army – currently the two most powerful armed actors in eastern Congo - pursue their interests through a set of relationships with other armed groups.  Read More »

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