Presentation on theme: "Intergovernmental Forum on Mining/Minerals/Metals and Sustainable Development André Bourassa, Forum Secretariat Minerals and Metals Sector Natural Resources."— Presentation transcript:
Intergovernmental Forum on Mining/Minerals/Metals and Sustainable Development André Bourassa, Forum Secretariat Minerals and Metals Sector Natural Resources Canada
2 Why this Forum? 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, etc.. If it is done right, i.e. Good governance
3 Why This Forum? Mining issues debated globally Players on issues are organized globally Industry, NGOs Governments have most at stake They own and manage the resources Responsibility to generate benefits to people Governments lack a global organization to Promote their views and interests globally Influence global policy development
4 The Forum A partnership of the World Summit Started through the Global Dialogue Promoted by South Africa and Canada A partnership of national governments Voluntary, not a Treaty Status of decisions Came into effect, February 2005 Inaugural meeting in November 2005 34 member countries
5 The Forum Objective: Promote contribution of MMM to SD Nature: voluntary, advisory and consultative Respond to priorities of the mining section of JPOI How? By enhancing capacity for governance Sharing of lessons learned Identify opportunities and respond to challenges Providing recommendations on best practice in dealing with issues (social and environmental)
6 The Forum Membership: National governments Mines Ministries Observers Multilateral or international agencies National delegations Can include stakeholders: industry NGOs, etc. Canada provides secretariat for first 5 years.
7 Expected Results of the Forum Enhanced national governance of the sector More effective generation and more equitable distribution of short and long term benefits More international support for capacity building More effective and timely government responses to sector challenges More positive investment climate More policy influence by Mines Ministries
8 Inaugural Meeting Inaugural meeting: November 2005 Election of Executive Committee Work program: three issues National mining policy framework Equitable distribution of benefits Mine closure and financial surety Recommendations for future work A Market Outlook Committee is created
9 Progress Report Template on national mineral policy framework Template of investors perception of country risks Registration with ECOSOC Creation of Market Outlook Committee: briefings Comparison of exploration and extraction regulations Follow-up with multilateral agencies: programs relevant to mining Preparation of 2006 meeting ETC.
10 Challenges Funding Activities for work programme Canada funds the operations of the Secretariat No membership fees Most members are developing countries Key supporters to date UNCTAD, UNDESA, World Bank, UK’s DFID, Canada
11 Opportunities Enhance linkages betweeen regional intergovernmental groups on mining Limited national human resources More effective and timely information sharing Mining groups, agencies, others Broaden stakeholder participation on national delegations
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