AGM 2016 Summary:
The 12th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) and four associated workshops took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 24-28 October 2016.
Approximately 270 participants registered to attend the meetings, representing IGF member and observer governments, the private sector and civil society.
The AGM convened at the Palais des Nations from 25-27 October, and focused on the theme, “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Mining.” Participants convened in plenary and panel sessions throughout the three-day meeting, with topics ranging from Mining Policy Framework (MPF) assessments to linkages between mining and climate change, gender, human rights, water and employment issues. Issues related to transparency and open data were also discussed. In addition, the IGF Guidance for Governments on managing Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) was presented.
A final Communiqué was developed at the conclusion of AGM 12, summarizing key elements of the meeting’s proceedings.
Government representatives also gathered on Monday, 24 October 2016, for intergovernmental workshops on regional priorities and best practices, followed by a discussion about IGF services and the IGF Task Force on Strategy. On Friday, 28 October, AGM participants gathered for workshops on SDG implementation challenges and opportunities related to the mining sector, and the relationship between the SDGs and the MPF.