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Public Consultation on How Mining Can Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals

Greetings, we hope you are having a good start of 2016!

 We are pleased to inform you of the release of a “Consultation Draft” version of a document entitled “Mapping Mining to the SDGs: A Preliminary Atlas”, prepared in collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme, the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN). This document has been prepared over the past six months and is based on extensive literature research, inputs from interviews with numerous experts and recommendations from a high-level panel discussion and a roundtable conversation during the UN SDG Summit in September.

The purpose of the consultation draft is now to welcome wider inputs and comments from mining stakeholders before finalizing the document in April 2016, for release in May.

We would very much appreciate your views and feedback on the draft document. You can submit your comments online on this website before April 8.

About the Report ‘Mapping Mining to the SDGs: A Preliminary Atlas’

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make up the world’s 2030 agenda for equitable, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic development. The mining industry has an unprecedented opportunity to mobilize significant human, physical, technological and financial resources to advance the SDGs.

Mining is a global industry and is often located in remote and less-developed areas including many indigenous lands and territories. When managed appropriately, it can create jobs, spur innovation and bring investment and infrastructure at a game-changing scale over long time horizons. If managed poorly, mining can also lead to environmental degradation, displaced populations and increased conflict, among other challenges. These attributes make the industry a major potential contributor to the SDGs. At the same time, if the mining industry does not participate or if individual companies engage in activities that contradict the goals, their achievement will be hindered.

By mapping the linkages between mining and the SDGs, the aim of this Atlas is to encourage mining companies of all sizes to incorporate relevant SDGs into their business and operations, validate their current efforts and spark new ideas. Success will also require substantial and on-going partnership between governments, the private sector, communities and civil society. We hope the Atlas spurs action that will leverage the transformative power of collaboration and partnership between the mining industry and other stakeholders.

We are releasing the Atlas as a consultation draft. While extensive initial consultations have been undertaken to develop the draft, we realize that the document covers a wide range of topics and will benefit from further review and input. We therefore welcome comments and suggestions for how to strengthen the Atlas during the consultation process from January – April 2016. During this period, we will also organize a number of multi-stakeholder consultation sessions to promote dialogue and garner further inputs for the next draft.

Progress on this and any opportunities for engagement will be posted on Goxi,

Gillian Davidson               

Head of Mining & Metals Industries

World Economic Forum                                

Lisa Sachs 


Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Casper Sonesson

Policy Advisor, Extractive Industries

United Nations Development Programme


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