sharing in governance of extractive industries

Mapping the SDGs for the Mining Sector

In September 2015, the 193 UN member states will agree on a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2015-2030. The SDGs represent the post-2015 global agenda for equitable, socially inclusive, and environmentally sustainable economic development, and cover all aspects of society – poverty, hunger, health, education, gender equality, water, energy, employment, infrastructure, inequality, cities, consumption habits, climate change, oceans, terrestrial ecosystems, peace, and development partnerships.

Meeting the SDGs by 2030 will require unprecedented cooperation and collaboration among governments, NGOs, development partners, the private sector, and communities. From June to September, the World Economic Forum (WEF), UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) will be working with partners in industry, governments, and civil society to create a shared understanding of how the mining industry can most effectively contribute to the SDGs. The product of this collaboration will be a mapping document for the industry that traces the many points of intersection between mining and the SDGs, including ways in which the mining industry can contribute toward the realization of the SDGs, as well as implications of the SDGs for the industry’s future operations. The work will build on existing principles and analyses, including those of the SDSN, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the Global Compact, among others.

The WEF, SDSN, UNDP and CCSI are currently welcoming input for this comprehensive map of the SDGs for the mining industry, as well as organizations who would like to support the effort. Case studies and specific examples relating to (1) how the mining industry can contribute toward the SDGs, and/or (2) how the SDGs will impact mining industry operations, are especially welcomed. 

Interested parties should contact Brandon Lewis, WEF Research Fellow, at Brandon.Lewis@weforum.org.


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