Two hundred activists from over 50 countries convened in Montreal 16-18 November for a three-day conference of the Publish What You Pay coalition, the global campaign for transparency and accountability in the oil, gas and mining industries.
The delegates represented hundreds of organisations working in resource-rich nations around the globe with the aim to ensure that citizens are able to benefit from their countries’ natural resources.
Canada was chosen as the location for this conference because it is home to some of the world’s largest mining companies: in 2008 over 75% of the world’s exploration and mining companies were headquartered in Canada – these companies operate in over 100 countries around the world.
When the Head of the EITI Secretariat Jonas Moberg addressed the conference, he spoke about how the Publish What You Pay coalition has been and still is pivotal in ensuring the EITI’s continued success.
A new report documenting the origins of the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) coalition and assessing its progress between 2002 and 2007 was launched this week at the PWYP International Conference in Montreal, Canada. The report, entitled Publishing What We Learned, was authored by Mabel van Oranje, formerly of the Open Society Institute, and Henry Parham, former International Coordinator of PWYP.