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New e-learning course on environmental, social, and human rights protection in the mining sector

The joint Swedish Environmental Protection Agency – UNDP Environmental Governance Programme (EGP) launched today a free online course on mining governance in collaboration with the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The training course is designed to support government officials and other stakeholders in applying core sustainability concepts, and human-rights based approaches and tools needed to improve the environmental and social governance of the mining sector in various country contexts. 

Increasingly government authorities, environmental and human rights defenders, and mining companies require more than technical knowledge of the mining sector to do their job well. They need a broad understanding of the economic, environmental, social and human rights issues at every stage of the mining cycle and tools to manage them. Responding to this growing demand, the course targets authorities and stakeholders involved in the regulation of the mining industry, including its environmental, social and human rights impacts, such as officials working in social welfare, women, children, indigenous peoples, and minorities. The course also provides guidance to civil society representatives, human rights and environmental defenders, indigenous peoples, and their representatives and other development partners and practitioners.

The course will help participants identify international frameworks and concepts on sustainable development relevant to the mining sector and new approaches and tools to be used to integrate environmental, social and human rights protection into the mining cycle. It will also provide tools to guarantee the participation of affected communities in decision- making process related to mining licensing and governance.

The course is free of charge and will run throughout 2019. The course is structured into three modules and can be completed in one day. Registration can be done from today at the UNITAR website

The training course draws on the EGP flagship publication on Extracting Good Practices: A Guide for Governments and Partners to ..., which was jointly produced with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. The EGP is a joint Sweden-UNDP initiative that supports countries to integrate environmental and human rights protection into the governance of the mining sector. Launched in 2014, the EGP provides targeted support to the governments of Colombia, Kenya, Mongolia, and Mozambique, as well as broader support to a global community of practice across all regions, including through initiatives such as this course. 

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