The IGF supports nearly 60 nations committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure that negative impacts are limited and the financial benefits are shared.
It is devoted to optimizing the benefits of mining to achieve poverty reduction, inclusive growth, social development and environmental stewardship.
Glenn Gemerts, IGF Chair: “We need to broaden the basis of people’s livelihoods. We need to make sure that other activities are being developed out of mining. How to make sure that a mine is being operated and run in an environmentally responsible way but also in a responsible way with regard to mankind, to people.”
Alec Crawford, IGF Associate: “The IGF is really about countries coming together to recognize that the mineral sector can make a positive contribution to sustainable development and poverty alleviation and working together to promote that goal.”
The IGF also serves as a unique global venue for dialogue among governments, mining companies, industry associations and civil society.
Andrew Cheatle, Executive Director, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada: “The IGF provides a fabulous forum to interface and to work with governments around the world, particularly in developing countries.”
The IGF provides a number of services to member governments, including:
- In-country assessments
- Individualized technical assistance and training
- Conferences which explore best practices and provide an opportunity to engage with industry and civil society
- Guidance documents
These efforts are shaped by IGF’s Mining Policy Framework (MPF), which sets out concrete objectives and processes for good governance.
Gabriel Data, Principal Geologist, Uganda: “We have, as a country, gained a lot from IGF. Currently Uganda is trying to revise its laws. IGF went down there and did assessment and found out challenges, weaknesses, strengths and opportunities, on the basis of which we tried to improve.”
IGF, finding practical solutions to complex challenges, for a better world.