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Arne Hoel, The World Bank

News Archive

Death of rural land rights leaders in Honduras

November 7, 2016 - It is with deep sadness and concern that CAO has learned of the deaths of two rural land rights leaders in Honduras. José Ángel Flores, president of the Unified Campesinos Movement of the Aguán (MUCA), and Silmer Dionicio George, a leader of the La Confianza farmers' cooperative, were shot dead by a group of men outside MUCA’s office in the community of La Confianza in the Bajo Aguán on October 18, 2016. MUCA is a complainant organization to CAO. CAO extends its condolences to their families, friends, and the people of Honduras.


Berta Cáceres - A Powerful Voice for the Voiceless

March 7, 2016 - It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the murder of Berta Cáceres, one of the leading indigenous and environmental rights campaigners in Honduras. CAO had received a number of complaints related to hydropower and other energy projects in Honduras from Berta Cáceres, in her capacity as general coordinator and co-founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH).  For more information »


Dame Meg Taylor appointed as Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
August 4, 2014 - CAO congratulates former Vice President Dame Meg Taylor on her appointment as the first female Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. Learn more.


New CAO Vice President, Osvaldo L. Gratacós Assumes Post

July 10, 2014 - CAO is pleased to announce that its new Vice President (VP) Osvaldo L. Gratacós has officially assumed office. Mr. Gratacós brings more than 14 years of experience as a fair, independent counsel for various organizations. His career includes roles across the private sector such as Motorola, Inc. and public sector such as US Agency for International Development and the Export-Import Bank of the United States that will enable Mr. Gratacós to bring a balance of authority, experience and flexibility to the office. Mr. Gratacós takes over from Meg Taylor who set up the CAO and served as CAO VP for 15 years. More information about Osvaldo Gratacós is available at the link below. Learn more.


President Kim Statement on Appointment of CAO Vice President, Osvaldo L. Grataós

See full statement.


President Kim Responds to Civil Society’s Concerns on Private Sector Investments

December 10, 2013 - Yesterday, World Bank Group President released a statement responding to civil society concerns on private sector investments. See full statement.


CAO Workshops for Mediators 2013

As part of its ongoing strategy to grow the CAO network of mediators, CAO hosted two workshops for mediators in 2013.  Learn more.