Highlights and images of main proceedings for 25 October 2016

Switzerland

Summary

IISD Reporting Services - IGFThe 12th AGM of the IGF commenced on 25 October 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Approximately 270 participants registered for the meeting, which opened with sessions focused on linkages between mining and the SDGs, including as they relate to gender, climate change, security and human rights.

Opening speakers stressed that mining can be an integral sector for sustainable development and in achieving the SDGs, but it must consider economic, social and environmental aspects simultaneously to achieve this potential. An assessment of the links between the Mining Policy Framework (MPF) and the SDGs was presented in the morning, and linkages between the SDGs and mining in regard to several of the areas that were identified as gaps between the SDGs and MPF were discussed in greater detail in the afternoon. Speakers in sessions on climate change, gender and human rights discussed the benefits of multi-stakeholder approaches, and ensuring that affected parties are represented and consulted in discussions on solutions. The discussions also revealed that there are a number of case studies, pilot projects and initiatives that can provide guides for taking action.

Lunchtime discussions included a review of effective governance mechanisms for a green economy. AGM participants continued discussing the first day’s themes during an evening reception hosted by the World Economic Forum.

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Formal Opening Ceremony

Greg Radford, Director, IGF Secretariat, Scott Vaughan, President, IISD, Glenn Gemerts, Chair of IGF Executive Committee, Suriname, Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD

Greg Radford, Director, IGF Secretariat

Scott Vaughan, President, IISD

Glenn Gemerts, Chair of IGF Executive Committee, Suriname

Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD

Participants during the Opening Ceremony

Mauritanian Delegates

George Banda and Ezekiah Chikambwe, Zambia

The SDGs and Mining - An introduction and panel discussion

Casper Sonesson, UNDP

Gillian Davidson, World Economic Forum (WEF)

Kojo Busia, African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC)

Nick Cotts, Newmont Mining

Perrine Toledano, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

The SDGs

Comparative Analysis of the SDGs and the Mining Policy Framework

Matthew Bliss, IGF Secretariat

Presentation of the Monday session findings: discussion on relating the outcomes to the SDGs - IGF Secretariat

Alec Crawford, Martin Brauch, IGF Secretariat, and Clémence Nare, IISD

 

Gender in Mining

Glenn Gemerts, Chair of IGF Executive Committee, Suriname, Rob Stevens, Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI), Bolormaa Purevjav, Stakeholders Engagement for Sustainable Development, Mongolia, Kirsten Dales, CIRDI, and Gillian Davidson, WEF

Kirsten Dales, CIRDI

Bolormaa  Purevjav, Stakeholders Engagement for Sustainable Development, Mongolia

 

Jan Pieter Barendse, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

 

 

Climate Action: Adaptation requirements

Anne Hammill, IISD, Alec Crawford, IGF Secretariat, Jan Klawitter, Government Relations, Emily Farnsworth, WEF

 

Anne Hammill, IISD

Jan Klawitter, Anglo American, and Emily Farnsworth, WEF

 

 

Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

Glenn Gemerts, Chair of IGF Executive Committee, Suriname, Sharon Peake, Global Affairs Canada, Carlos Salazar Couto, SOCIOS Perú, Helle Bank Jørgensen, Global Compact Network Canada, and Jan Pieter Barendse, the Netherlands

Helle Bank Jørgensen, Global Compact Network Canada, and Jan Pieter Barendse, the Netherlands

Carlos Salazar Couto, SOCIOS Perú

Climate Action - Mitigation

Matt Spannagle, Climate Change and Development

Peter Wooders, IISD

Matt Spannagle, Climate Change and Development, Alastaire Dick, Sunshine for Mines, Mariana Heinrich, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and Peter Wooders, IISD

A Opening Reception hosted by World Economic Forum

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around the Venue

 

Jamba Kolee, and Alpha Oumar Bah, Liberia