Letter from the Secretariat
We are pleased to invite you to the IGF’s 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM), focusing on accountable, equitable and innovative approaches to modern mining law and policy. Taking place October 15 to 19, 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland, our AGM will highlight how a modern legislative regime provides the foundation of good governance and contributes to sustainable development in all aspects of social and economic life. Please see below for more information.
Women in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) face economic, decision-making, legal and institutional exclusion due to cultural norms. We explored this topic in our new report, Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Challenges and opportunities for greater participation. Please see below for more.
We are also pleased to welcome Colombia, Afghanistan and Sudan as members of the IGF. You can find more information below about their commitment to mining for sustainable development.
You can also find the meeting report from our regional training for francophone Africa on IGF Guidance for Managing ASM in French online.
See below for more information on these highlights.
Greg Radford, IGF Director
2018 Annual General Meeting: Modern Mining Law and Policy: Accountable, Equitable and Innovative Approaches
This year’s AGM will focus on designing and implementing effective mining law and policy. It is taking place October 15 to 19, 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Monday will feature an intergovernmental workshop open to government delegates only and Friday will be a technical workshop for all stakeholders.
Tuesday to Thursday will feature the AGM with a number of topics relevant to the realities of today’s mining industry. These include:
- Best practice in environmental and social impact assessments and permitting for large-scale mining
- Best practice in strategic environmental assessments for ASM
- Generation of and access to geological information for national land use planning and stakeholder engagement
- How to make mining sector policies more “climate smart” to help achieve a low-carbon economy
- Innovation: how to make legal and policy frameworks that allow for and incentivize innovation
- Managing social conflicts through community consultation and engagement
- Mine closure planning and permitting, and provision of adequate financial assurance
- The relationship between contracts, mining laws and investment treaties
- Revision and updating of mining codes and standards: Case studies
- Social and economic development in legal and policy frameworks: Best practices
- Supervising implementation and inspection: Reporting on developing mine inspection systems
- Women in mining: Gender toolkits and assessments
Please stay tuned, as we will provide more information and open registration shortly. We look forward to your attendance at the 2018 AGM.
The Power of Partnerships for Water Stewardship in Mining
In a guest post, ICMM CEO Tom Butler explores how partnership is at the heart of ICMM’s mission, strengthening social and environmental performance of the mining and metals industry. This can be seen in their approach to water management, and their recognition that water is a shared resource rather than just a commodity. Read the post online to learn more about their partnership approaches.
The IGF Continues Growing its Membership
Last week, we welcomed Colombia as IGF’s 67th member at the Mining and Sustainability Forum of the Americas. IGF Chair Alexander Medina Herasme provided a warm welcome alongside Colombia’s Viceminister of Mining Carlos Cante Puentes.
Sudan recently became our 66th member, welcoming the opportunity to build a strong and sustainable mining sector. Sudan is committed to environmental management and developing safe techniques within its gold processing, playing an active role in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.
Afghanistan became our 65th member, expressing its commitment to responsible governance of the mining sector. The Afghan government recognizes the value of joining the IGF, as it is the only global policy forum focused on the mining and metals sector with the aim of enhancing the sector’s governance capacity and contribution to sustainable development.
Challenging Cultural Norms in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining to Improve Women’s Economic Empowerment
Women represent a large percentage of the ASM workforce, representing 40 to 50 per cent in Africa alone. But there is an invisibility problem. Women’s contribution to the mining sector is masked by the dominant reflection of men’s roles in mining, often hindering their meaningful participation.
In our recent report, we explore how challenging cultural norms can have a positive impact not only on women’s economic empowerment, but also on wider society. Read the report online to learn about our recommendations to governments.
If you’d like more information on fostering sustainable livelihoods for women in ASM, read our blog highlighting five opportunities.
International Conference on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining & Quarrying
The IGF is proud to be a supporting partner for The International Conference on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining & Quarrying (ASM18) that will be held September 11-13, 2018, in Livingstone, Zambia. The IGF will be hosting a workshop on women in ASM during the parallel sessions of the ASM18 program. ASM18 will to foster a global dialogue about the development opportunities and challenges of ASM. A wide spectrum of commodities will be discussed ranging from the well-known, such as precious metals and precious stones, to those that have yet to receive due attention, such as Development Minerals, like aggregate and clay.
For more information, visit our event page online.