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Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), April 2015 Newsletter

 

IGF NEWSLETTER                                                                                                APRIL 2015

 

Dear Friends and Members of the IGF:

 

The Secretariat is pleased to present you with the latest monthly newsletter to the network of IGF members, observers and other interested parties concerned with responsible mining and sustainable development.

 

If you have any key announcements, events, courses or reports you wish to share with the broader membership, please forward them to igf.secretariat@international.gc.ca

 

For more information on the IGF, please visit our website: www.globaldialogue.info/

 

IGF NEWS

 

  • The IGF Executive and Secretariat is very pleased to inform you that the IGF Mining Policy Framework (MPF) website has been officially launched. This new website provides an interactive platform for exploring the six areas of the MPF, and sharing leading practice and experience. Additionally, the website will highlight and provide regular updates on the implementation of MPF Framework in IGF implementing countries.

 

 

  • Following on the successful initial scoping workshop at Indaba, the IGF will be launching online consultations on the first draft of Guidance for Governments on Managing Artisanal and Small-scale Mining at the OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains in Paris on May 5, 2015. More information will be available on the IGF and MPF websites in early May.

 

  • The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) completed two training courses, “Social and Economic Benefit Optimization’ and ‘Mine Closure and Post
    Mining Transition’, with the Government of Uganda, as part of the initial phase of Mining Policy Framework (MPF) assessments and capacity building for IGF Member countries. Similar engagement has been completed in the Dominican Republic.

 

  • The IGF Annual General Meeting will be held on October 26-30, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. This year’s annual meeting will focus on “Post-Mining Transition and Environmental Management.” It will also include workshops on land reclamation and artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM).

 

  • Suggestions on speakers and/or specific topics relating to “Post-Mining Transition and Environmental Management” that IGF member countries would like to see on the agenda can be forwarded to the IGF Secretariat.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  1. International Institute for Environment and Development’s (IIED) Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on ASM- April 29-30 (London, UK)
  2. Mining for Development Conference- April 29- 30, 2015 (Perth, Australia)
  3. OECD 9th  Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains- May 4–6, 2015 (Paris, France)
  4. CIM 2015 Convention, May 10-13, 2015 (Montreal, Canada)
  5. Regional Conference on Aligning Corporate Sustainability with SDGs, May 20, 2015 (Bangkok, Thailand)
  6. Executive Briefing on CSR and Increasing Social Demands in the Extr..., May 21, 2015 (Lima, Peru)
  7. Mine Closure 2015, June 1-3, 2015 (Vancouver, Canada)
  8. OECD 3rd Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct- June 18 – 19, 2015 (Paris, France)
  9. Kimberley Process Intersessional Meeting, June 22 - 26, 2015 (Angola)
  10. Global Compact+15: Business as a Force for Good- June 23 – 25 (New York, USA)
  11. Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI) Conference- July 12-15, 2015 (Vancouver, Canada)

 

For information on upcoming events and conferences, please see the attached IGF Calendar.

 

NEWS

 

REPORTS

ICMM Annual Review- Engaging with Society

The theme of ICMM’s 2014 review- Engaging with Society - picks up from the previous annual review’s focus on strengthening relationships with communities. It examines the progress ICMM is making on building this strategic priority into their work programs and other activities.

Institute for Human Rights and Business- Security and Human Rights ...

This briefing paper, published by the Institute for Human Rights and Business as part of the Nairobi Process, looks at the security and human rights implications of oil and gas exploration in Kenya and the key issues involved. It also sets out practical recommendations for Kenyan stakeholders to address the challenges, drawing on international lessons from Ghana, Nigeria and Colombia in promoting adherence to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights guiding security provision in the extractives sector.

International Association for Impact Assessment- Social Impact Asse...

The purpose of this Guidance Note is to provide advice to various stakeholders about what is expected in good practice social impact assessment (SIA) and social impact management processes, especially in

relation to project development. Project development refers to dams, mines, oil and gas drilling, factories, ports, airports, pipelines, electricity transmission corridors, roads, railway lines and other infrastructure including large-scale agriculture, forestry and aquaculture projects. This Guidance Note builds on IAIA’s (2003) International Principles for Social Impact Assessment. While the International Principles outline the overarching understandings of the SIA field, including the expected values of the profession, this document seeks to provide advice on good practice in the undertaking and appraisal of SIAs and the adaptive management of projects to address the social issues.

RCS Global- Transparency and Commodities Trading: A Business Case f...

This paper provides clarity on the origination and development of discussions relating to transparency of payments to governments. It seeks to present the view that the targeted disclosure of information by companies active in the commodities trading sector is already, and increasingly will be required, both by law but also as a foundation from which companies might retain and promote their social and political licenses to operate.

ICMM- Health and Safety Critical Control Management: Good Practice ...

ICMM has published a practical guidance on preventing the most serious types of health and safety incidents in mining and metals. The approach described in - Health and safety critical control management: good practice guide - is designed to identify and manage acts, objects or systems onsite - the "critical controls" - that need to be in place to either prevent a serious incident occurring or minimize the consequences if a serious incident were to occur. The critical control management (CMM) process is well established and in use in many high-hazard industries. However, this is the first time this approach has been captured in a single document designed specifically for the mining and metals industry. The report answers a need to ensure that effective controls are always in place. Although the risks are often well-known in mining and other industries, a lack of sufficient risk-identification and control management can lead to serious injury and fatalities of workers.

 

ICMM- Stakeholder Perception Study

 

The 2014 stakeholder perception study: tracking progress (following previous surveys in 2004, 2007 and 2010) was conducted by GlobeScan on behalf of ICMM between October and November 2014. Over 1,200 respondents in 113 countries participated in the survey, drawn from the private sector, public sector, institutions, academia, non-governmental organizations and the media. The objectives of this study are to enable ICMM to: 1) understand and assess perceptions of ICMM and its mandate among its key stakeholders; 2) explore the latest perspectives on current and future opportunities and challenges facing the mining industry; 3) measure success or failure of both the organisation and its members in achieving continuous improvements in sustainable development; 4) track results against 2010, and 2007 survey results and 5) identify new opportunities and methods for ICMM to achieve its mandate.

TRAINING COURSES

 

EduMine Professional Development and Training Courses

 

EduMine’s mission is to deliver accessible professional development, training and technology to the worldwide mining community, with an emphasis on distance learning and collaboration with educational institutions and professional associations.

 

These courses will be live webcast:

 

  • May 26 – May 28, 2015- Environmental and Social Conflict Resolution in the Resources Sector
  • June 23 – June 25, 2015- Advanced Mine Water Management and Treatment

 

Follow this link if you wish to register: http://www.edumine.com/courses/live-webcasts/

Introduction to Sustainable Development

 

This course comprises three modules of Dr. Sachs' longer course, "The Age of Sustainable Development." This preview course, "Introduction to Sustainable Development" will give you an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development - that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

 

This course is available online.

 

Follow this link if you wish to register: https://www.coursera.org/learn/sustainabledevelopment1

 

World Bank Group- Public-Private Partnerships (PPP): How can PPPs h...

 

The objective of this online course is to provide participants with a basic understanding of the key principles of PPPs and how they can be used to address the infrastructure gap in emerging markets. By directly discussing the opportunities and challenges of procuring and maintaining infrastructure through effective PPPs, participants will learn how and why PPPs have been used to deliver more and better infrastructure services.

 

June 1 – June 27, 2015- Please note this course is available online.

 

Who should apply: general public, policy makers and practitioners.

 

Follow this link if you wish to register: https://www.coursera.org/course/effectiveppp

 

Synergy Global - Certificate Programme in Community Relations Pract...

 

The Community Relations Practice in the Extractive Industry programme has been developed in partnership by Synergy Global and the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry at the University of

Witwatersrand, with support from Anglo Gold Ashanti, Anglo American, and Xstrata.  This educational programme seeks to address the critical need for capacity and professional skills in community relations within the industry. It is aimed at professionals within Africa from extractive industry operations,

governments, NGOs, community based organisations and more. The programme consists of 4 short courses, which can be attended individually or as a comprehensive programme.

 

  • June 8 - June 12, 2015 - Community Relations Practice in the Extractive Industry: Management of Community Benefits and Partnerships
  • November 2 - November 6, 2015 - Community Relations Practice in the Extractive Industry: Developing and Maintaining Stakeholder Relations

 

All these workshops will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Contact training@synergy-global.net to register for these courses.

 

Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis (PIAR)

 

For the 16th year, Queen’s University is offering its state-of-the-art 4-week program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis for professionals working in public and private organizations. Participants will learn how to conduct the Integrated Analysis of Investment Projects including financial, economic, risk and stakeholder analysis. They will gain skills in the design and testing of risk management contracts, public private partnerships (PPPs), and the evaluation of project financing options. Through lectures by internationally recognized experts, applied case studies, and group discussions, participants will gain practical knowledge, and obtain a global perspective of recent developments in these fields.

 

Who should apply: Public and private enterprises, banks and financial institutions, government ministries and regulatory agencies, international development agencies, and management, engineering and business consulting firms.

 

Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada: July 27 – August 21, 2015

 

Follow this link if you wish to apply: http://jdintl.econ.queensu.ca/training/piar/

 

Executive Course on Oil, Gas and Mining Governance

 

Developed through a unique collaboration between the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and the Natural Resource Governance Institute, this intensive six-day course will provide the training and insight required for senior policy makers from around the world to manage and govern their nation’s oil, gas or mineral resources for a better future.

 

Who should apply: This course is aimed at senior policy makers from the following countries: Tanzania, Ghana, DRC, Guinea, Nigeria, Mexico, Colombia, Iraq, Tunisia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar. Spaces may also be available for participants from outside these countries.

 

London, England: September 7 – 12, 2015

 

Contact shortcourses@bsg.ox.ac.uk for registration details.

 

For information on upcoming training courses, please see the attached IGF Calendar of Training Courses.

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