Message from the Director
The IGF Secretariat has been extremely active in recent weeks delivering training workshops, building relationships, presenting at conferences, preparing for the 2017 AGM and finalizing Mining Policy Framework Assessment reports for Mongolia, Suriname, Rwanda and Mauritania.
We are pleased to announce that IGF membership has grown to 58 nations: Somalia is our newest member.
The IGF has also expanded its presence in Asia by signing a cooperation agreement with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Mining Task Force.
We are happy to share with you the theme of our upcoming Annual General Meeting: managing artisanal and small-scale mining. The AGM will once again be hosted by UNCTAD at the Palais des Nations October 17-20, 2017. The first day will be for government delegates only and the conference will close with a day-long technical training workshop on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.
Please see below for additional highlights of our activities, including meeting reports from the 2017 PDAC Convention.
Greg Radford, Director, IGF Secretariat
IGF signs cooperation agreement with APEC Mining Task Force
The IGF is pleased to announce that it has signed a three-year cooperation agreement with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Mining Task Force. This is the first time that the Mining Task Force has entered into a formal partnership with an external partner.
Our first project will be to assist with the implementation of the Task Force’s mine closure checklist for governments in an IGF member country.
AGM Theme Announced: Managing Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
We hope you will be able to join us in Geneva for the IGF’s 13th Annual General Meeting. We are working to build on the success of last year’s meeting and to deliver an even more engaging program in October.
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 including:
- Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS)
- Local content policies
- Development minerals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and mining
- Government guidance for mine closure
- Government initiatives for biodiversity management
- Voluntary sustainability initiatives
We will be providing more information about the program in the coming weeks and months on the 2017 AGM event page.
IGF Membership Expands to 58 Nations: Welcome Somalia
The Federal Republic of Somalia expressed its commitment to good governance of the mining sector by joining the IGF.
The mining industry is in its infancy in Somalia. The government’s goal is to contribute to poverty eradication and economic growth by responsibly developing the nation’s mineral and mining sector.
ASM Training-of-Trainers Workshop in Nairobi
IGF convened a Training-of-Trainers workshop in Nairobi, Kenya in order to impart technical knowledge and understanding of its artisanal and small-scale mining guidance to local experts.
The goal of the workshop was to strengthen participants’ knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to train others in the use of the guidance. We also sought to identify talented participants that the IGF could engage as trainers for the forthcoming training workshop in Kigali, Rwanda, at which government officials will be trained.
Read the meeting report here:
PDAC Forum: Innovation and Sustainability in the Mining Sector
Some 150 representatives from government, industry, civil society and academia gathered for an engaging discussion about Innovation for Sustainability in the Mining Sector ahead of PDAC’s annual conference.
The importance of partnerships (SDG 17) was a common theme that cut across all aspects of the innovation discussions. The involvement of communities was another central theme that was deemed critical to spurring the innovation required to achieve the SDGs.
Read the meeting report here:
International Mines Ministers Summit
The second annual International Mines Ministers Summit (IMMS) brought together an impressive 25 ministers responsible for mining from around the world on March 6, 2017.
The event provided an important setting for the global mining community to explore challenges and opportunities arising in the sector. This year’s Summit focused on innovation in the mining industry and the clean innovation agenda.
The Summit was held during PDAC 2017 Convention at the Bank of Montreal in Toronto. Read the meeting report prepared by the IGF Secretariat here: