Letter from the Secretariat
We are pleased to invite you to the IGF’s 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM), taking place October 15 to 19, 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland. This year’s theme will focus on accountable, equitable and innovative approaches to modern mining law and policy. 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.
There is a pressing need for innovation in mining, which we explore in our report to the 2018 International Mines Ministers Summit (IMMS), which you can access online. We also highlight how innovation in mining can take many forms, including crowdfunding and technological innovation in our latest columns.
The meeting report for the PDAC Sustainability Forum: Minerals and metals in a low-carbon economy is now available. We invite you to read it online.
We will also be co-hosting the Sustainability and Mining Forum of the Americas in Lima, Peru, on June 12. This unique forum will focus on addressing social challenges through multi-stakeholder dialogue. Please see below for more details.
The IGF also wants your comments on two draft toolkits to help developing countries address profit shifting in their mining sectors via the undervaluation of mineral exports and excessive interest deductions. Share your comments with us today.
Please see below for additional highlights.
Greg Radford, IGF Director
2018 Annual General Meeting: Modern Mining Law and Policy: Accountable, Equitable and Innovative Approaches
Taking place October 15 to 19, 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland, this year’s AGM will focus on designing and implementing effective mining law and policy.
Monday, October 15, will feature an intergovernmental workshop open to governments delegates only and Friday, October 19, will be a technical workshop for all stakeholders.
Tuesday, October 16 to Thursday, October 18, will feature the AGM with topics including:
- Best practice in Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and permitting for large scale mining
- Best practice in Strategic Environmental Assessment for ASM
- Generation 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, permitting, and provision of adequate financial assurance
- Relationship between contracts, mining laws and investment treaties
- Revision and updating of mining codes and standards: Case studies
- Social and economic development in the legal and policy framework: Best practices
- Supervising implementation and inspection: Reporting on developing mine inspection systems
- Women in mining: Gender toolkits and assessmentsPlease stay tuned as we provide more information and open registration shortly. We look forward to your attendance at the 2018 AGM.
Interested in learning about our AGMs? Find out about the 2017 AGM online.
Sustainability and Mining Forum of the Americas
Taking place June 12 in Lima, Peru, the Sustainability and Mining Forum of the Americas is a unique opportunity to engage with government officials, private companies and civil society representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss how mining can contribute to sustainable development.
This one of a kind forum is an opportunity to bring forward models, policies, frameworks and other practices that seek to improve how governments, industry and communities identify and address common social challenges across the mining sector. The IGF has partnered with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Mines Ministries of the Americas Conference (CAMMA) to organize this one-day forum, which will be hosted by Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines.
Innovation in Mining
There is a pressing need for innovation in the mining sector, as productivity has decreased by 30 per cent, commodity price fluctuations are squeezing profit margins, costs continue to rise and deposits are increasingly difficult and expensive to access. We highlight the social and environmental benefits of innovation and the adoption of new technologies in Innovation in Mining: Report to the 2018 International Mines Ministers Summit (IMMS), which you can read online.
We also highlight crowdfunding mining exploration in Canada in our column. This piece explores how crowdfunding, a means of raising capital from the general public via Internet-based platforms, potentially expanding the investor pool for mineral investments, can impact the sector. Read it today.
We also explore how technological innovation in mining can result in reduced costs, increased productivity and improved worker safety for the mining sector in another column. We also highlight Australia’s implementation of technological innovation, showing how autonomous haulage systems are impacting their mining sector. Access it online.
Expanding IGF’s Reach in Asia
IGF participated in a workshop in Vientiane, Lao PDR, from May 8 to 10, to assist with capacity building in mine closure legal frameworks of responsible government agencies from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to better understand how to achieve and manage sustainable mine closure. The workshop provided an opportunity to foster dialogue and exchange of knowledge relating to mine closure and rehabilitation amongst ASEAN member states. Learn more.
IGF also attended ASEAN’s 15th Senior Officials Meeting on Minerals (ASOMM) May 2 to 4 in the Philippines. IGF had the opportunity to meet with and listen to feedback from the ASEAN member states on their priorities and to understand specific alignment on an ASEAN-IGF Mineral Cooperation Action Plan. Learn more.