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The Road to the UNCSD 2010/11 intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development

The Road to the UNCSD 2010/11 intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development



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  • The theme of the presentation is the Forum and the UNCSD. The Forum and UNCSD are intertwined. To understand one, you need to understand the other.

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  • Intergovernmental Forum on Mining/Minerals/Metals and Sustainable Development Andre Bourassa Secretariat of the Forum
  • Mining State of Play Circa 2000
    • The WB Extractive Industries Review
      • NGOs campaign for WB to get out of EI
    • GMI and MMSD
        • The industry response to growing sector issues
    • The UN system
      • Mining always identified as problem in UN documents
    • Where are national governments in these debates? Concerns expressed to Canada
  • Mining State of Play Circa 2000
    • Development needed for poverty alleviation
      • Priority for developing countries
    • Development needs to be sustainable
      • Must be competitive
      • Comparative advantage: mineral endowment
      • Need to maximize benefits
    • Lessons learned on mining
      • Mining can be sustainable
        • Canada , Australia, Chile, Botswana, etc.
      • If it is done right, i.e. good governance by national governments
  • Responding to National Governments
    • Why?
      • Owners of the mineral resource
      • Managers of the resource
      • Elected and mandated by their citizens
      • Accountable for the way resources used
    • How
      • Giving a voice to gvt views and interests
      • Working and learning together
      • Participating actively in policy debates, and showing progress
  • The World Summit Strategy
    • Introduce positive yet balanced mining focused text in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI)
      • Confirm that mining can contribute to SD
      • Raise key issues that need to be addressed
    • Develop a Forum for gvts to work together
      • Global Dialogue on mining/metals
        • Reflecting on the best way to work together
        • Decision to establish the Intergovernmental Forum
  • The Intergovernmental Forum
    • Inaugurated in 2005
    • Nature: voluntary, advisory and consultative
    • Objective: promote contribution of MMM to SD
      • Respond to priorities of the mining section of JPOI
    • How? By enhancing capacity for governance
      • Sharing lessons learned
      • Identifying opportunities and responding to challenges
      • Providing recommendations on best practices to address issues (social, environmental and economic issues)
      • Working with other regional intergovernmental organizations
  • The Intergovernmental Forum
    • Membership: National governments
      • Ministries responsible for mining (42 members)
      • Always looking for new members
    • Observers
      • Multilateral and international agencies
      • Non-member governments
    • National delegations
      • Can include stakeholders: industry, NGOs, etc.
    • Canada provides secretariat for first five years
    • Sunset clause
  • Expected Results of the Forum
    • Enhanced national governance of the sector
    • Better distribution of short and long-term benefits
    • More policy influence by ministries for mines
    • More international support for capacity building
    • More effective and timely government responses to sector challenges
    • More positive investment climate
  • Work of the Forum to Date
    • The national mining policy framework: priorities, data collection and management
    • Template for a mineral policy framework
    • Framework on investor’s perception of country risks
    • Country perceptions of investors risks
    • Environmental impact assessment: elements and process
  • Work of the Forum to date
    • Policies that best assure equitable local, regional and national distribution of benefits
    • Financial surety and environmental protection: mine rehabilitation and closure
    • Generating benefits from mining investments
    • Communities and mining
    • To come in 2008: fiscal frameworks and
      • Investment and revenue sharing
      • Mine closure and abandoned mines
  • A UNCSD strategy
    • From the Johannesburg World Summit
      • Johannesburg Plan of Implementation: Paragraph 46 on mining/metals
      • Forum is an outcome of the Summit, recognized by ECOSOC; must report
    • To the UNCSD Review 2010-11
      • 2010: progress achieved
      • 2011: the way forward
    • Set the way forward for whole UN system
  • Forum UNCSD objectives
    • Demonstrate the value of the Forum
      • In responding to Para 46 and sector priorities
    • Active participation by governments
      • Document progress/ needs at national level
    • Enhance influence of governments on global policy development and debates
      • National governments are policy leaders
      • Propose a way forward to the UN system
  • Role for Governments
    • Include a report on mining in UNCSD national report for 2010 and 2011
    • Identify and promote national outcomes and views in national report
    • Participate in development of policy framework and express support at UNCSD 2011
    • Number of gvts is critical for influence
  • Working with Others
    • Other intergovernmental organizations, e.g. Africa Mining Partnership. ECLAC, UNECA, CASM, etc.
    • Other national governments not members of the Forum
    • Multilateral organizations, e.g. World Bank, UNCTAD, UNDESA
    • Other stakeholders on their delegation: contribution and support
  • Policy Framework
    • Cover entire sector life cycle
        • Exploration to metals, waste, recycling
    • Address all sector issues
      • Economic, social, environmental, health, etc.
    • Two components
      • List of policy elements
      • Discussion of individual policy elements
    • A Forum or national governments document?
  • Parallel Events at UNCSD
    • Events on the margins of the main meeting
    • Workshops to document progress or issues
      • Economic, social, environmental, CASM, etc.
      • Case studies, etc.
      • Lessons learned
      • Strategies in place for continuing progress
    • Cover the whole life cycle
    • All interested parties contribute
  • Next Forum Meeting
    • Geneva November 24-26, 2008
    • Preparing for UNCSD is one of the three major themes of the meeting
    • Need to agree on who does what for UNCSD
    • Welcome to participate
    • www.globaldialogue.info
    For More Information