The IGF Secretariat team traveled to Nairobi, Kenya in July to participate in the 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14).
IGF was participating as part of the Global Commodities Forum, a central part of UNCTAD that this year was focused on the important issue of commodity dependence, and how commodity-dependent developing countries can respond to the shock of both lower commodity prices and decreasing demand from emerging economies. For many countries, adapting to these stresses will be a central challenge to their continuing development and the achievement the Sustainable Development Goals.
Over the course of a two-hour lunch session, the IGF team introduced approximately 200 participants from government, civil society, the private sector and UN agencies to the Forum and its core document, the Mining Policy Framework.
We were lucky to have the session facilitated by UNCTAD, which has been a key partner of the IGF since its inception. We are also grateful that the Ministers of Mining for Kenya and Angola took the time to join our panel to offer their insights on the links between mining and sustainable development.
Hon. Dan Kazungu, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Mining, spoke at length on his country’s strides in improving mine governance and on Kenya’s supportive investment environment.
His interventions sparked a rich discussion on the role that the mining sector can play in supporting sustainable development.
It was a great opportunity not only for the IGF to present itself and its work to a new audience, but also to discuss the role that a well-governed mining sector can play in supporting sustainable development.
We were also able to enjoy a number of less formal conversations with attendees who stopped by the IGF booth during the course of the conference.
We look forward to participating in UNCTAD 15!