Message from the Secretariat
Please join us in welcoming South Sudan as the IGF’s 60th member state. The steady expansion of our membership—along with the active engagement of our member governments—demonstrates both the value of our Forum and a growing recognition of the need to reform mining so that it contributes to sustainable development.
We are pleased to present the agenda for our upcoming Annual General Meeting and hope you will be able to join us in Geneva October 16-20, 2017. While the meeting’s theme is Managing Artisanal and Small-scale Mining, we will be covering a wide range of topics, including tax evasion, local content, mine closure and environmental impact assessments.
The IGF Secretariat is grateful for the endorsements we received for IGF Guidance for Governments: Managing artisanal and small-scale mining. Member governments have begun to implement recommendations and we are gratified to see that it is proving to be a useful tool for industry.
We recently published a meeting report from an ASM guidance implementation workshop held for representatives from 14 member countries in Rwanda. We plan to deliver similar regional training workshops for French-speaking African government representatives and for Spanish-speaking representatives in Latin America.
We are also preparing to deliver a workshop on mining value chains for members of the West African Monetary Union (UEMOA) in September and a training seminar on base erosion and profit shifting in Cote D’Ivoire in October.
Please see below for additional highlights of our activities.
IGF welcomes entry into force of Minamata Convention on Mercury, stresses that more work needs to be done
We are pleased to report that 51 IGF member states have signed or ratified the Convention, which entered into force on August 16, 2017.
While the Convention’s entry into force is historic, it is one important step among many. Much more work will be required from all stakeholders—including governments, civil society and the private sector—to fully address the threats that mercury use poses to healthy communities and thriving ecosystems.
For more information—including a list of IGF member nations and their Minamata status—please read our press release.
AGM Agenda and Speakers
Registration for the IGF’s 13th Annual General Meeting will open in early September.
The theme of this year’s meeting is Managing Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM). However, we will also be covering a wide range of other topics. An agenda and list of organizations which will be speaking at the meeting is available on the 2017 AGM webpage.
- ASM Formalization & Managing ASM Zones
- Global Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Trends
- Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
- Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives for the Mining Sector
- Development Minerals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Environmental Impact Assessment for ASM-LSM
- Mine Closure and Post-Mining Transition
- Government Biodiversity Initiatives
- Government and Community Engagement to Develop a Common Vision for Mining
- Local Content Policy
- Technical Workshop on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting
The AGM is a unique opportunity to engage with government officials and representatives from industry, civil society and academia. We hope you can join us in Geneva October 16-20, 2017.
IGF Membership Expands to 60
The IGF is pleased to welcome the Republic of South Sudan as its 60th member state.
South Sudan, which gained independence in 2011, is working to strengthen its economy after decades of civil war. Mining could help to provide a source of much-needed employment and—if managed responsibly—spur broader economic development and diversification.
“As we endeavour to diversify our economic base away from petroleum, we are eager to learn from the experiences of other member countries while we work to develop our mining sector,” said His Excellency Gabriel Thokuj Deng, Minister of Mining.
The IGF is a voluntary partnership that welcomes any member state of the United Nations. More information is available in our press release.
Managing ASM: IGF Regional Workshop for Africa
There is strong demand from IGF member governments for assistance in managing artisanal and small-scale mining. Shortly after the publication of IGF Guidance for Governments: Managing artisanal and small-scale mining, a consortium of eight East African countries requested a related training program to assist in the implementation of the guidance. The scope quickly expanded to include 36 representatives from 14 English-speaking African countries.
The regional workshop held in Rwanda sought to enhance the capacities of government representatives, create opportunities for knowledge sharing and establish a community of practice. We plan to deliver similar regional training workshops for French-speaking African government representatives and for Spanish-speaking representatives in Latin America.
Click here to view the meeting report.