The 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) opened today at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on the theme of “Mining in a Changing Climate.”
In opening remarks, Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), underscored the effects of mining on climate, its impacts on the environment and local communities, and its role in trade and sustainable development. Several speakers drew attention to the huge increase in global demand for minerals used in renewable energy technologies, and the need to plan for climate risk in mining operations.
Speakers and participants highlighted the role of innovation, data, standards and certification in promoting sustainability and resilience of the mining sector, noting the urgent need for action.
Government officials and mining company representatives presented examples of “climate-smart” initiatives, and shared examples of strategies to boost the use of renewable energy in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). They also discussed steps to strengthen environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), and to formalize the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector. Discussions of the latter included a presentation of the World Bank DELVE database project on ASM and interactive “marketplace presentations” highlighting actions by several African and Latin American countries.
At lunchtime, delegates took part in an interactive session on gender-responsive human rights, which considered the need for due diligence in the mineral supply chain. In the evening, they attended a reception hosted by the World Bank.
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Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
From L-R: Nathalie Bernasconi, Senior Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Alexander Medina, IGF Executive Committee Chair; Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD; and Steve D'Esposito, President and CEO, RESOLVE
Roberto Sarudianksy and Haroldo Montagu, Argentina
Alec Crawford, IGF Secretariat, with Geoffrey Omedo, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Kenya
From L-R: Faris Ali Alnajrani, Saudi Arabia; Abdullahi Also, Nigeria; and Ayo Olumoyegun, Nigeria
Nathalie Bernasconi, Senior Director, IISD
Steve D'Esposito, President and CEO, RESOLVE
Kridtaya Sakamornsnguan, Thailand
Florent Sierens, Turkish Post (PTT), with Gerrit Hansen, IISD Reporting Services
Impacts and Policies of Mining in a Changing Climate
From L-R: Jan Kosmol, German Environment Agency; Alexander Medina, IGF Executive Committee Chair; Greg Radford, Director, IGF Secretariat; Kirsten Hund, World Bank; and Osvaldo Urzúa, Director, Center for Copper and Mining Studies (CESCO), Chile
Osvaldo Urzúa, Director, CESCO, Chile
Kirsten Hund, World Bank
Partnerships for Change: Fostering Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives
From L-R: Ben Chalmers, Mining Association of Canada; Gillian Davidson, Global Battery Alliance; Aimee Boulanger, Executive Director, Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance; and Matthew Wenban-Smith, Executive Director, Responsible Steel
Matthew Wenban-Smith, Executive Director, Responsible Steel
Gillian Davidson, Global Battery Alliance
Risks and Opportunities: Climate Change Adaptation in Mining
From L-R: Nick Cotts, Newmont Goldcorp; Alexander Medina, IGF Executive Committee Chair; Anne Hammill, IISD; Geoffrey Omedo, UNDP Kenya; and Sean Capstick, Golder Associates
Sean Capstick, Golder Associates
Nick Cotts, Newmont Mining Corporation
Strengthening Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA)
From L-R: Clémence Naré, IGF Secretariat; Katherine Matos Meza, Peru; Martha Ly, Golder Associates; and Kristi Disney Bruckner, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Strategies Group
Katherine Matos Meza, Peru
Martha Ly, Golder Associates
Renewable Energy and Effective Policy Frameworks
From L-R: Greg Radford, Director, IGF Secretariat; Osvaldo Urzúa, Director, CESCO, Chile; Mark Richards, Rio Tinto; Loreto Maturana, Anglo American; and Thomas Koch Blank, Rocky Mountain Institute
Mark Richards, Rio Tinto
Thomas Koch Blank, Rocky Mountain Institute
Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) Strategy Marketplace
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