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The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) supports governments to advance good mining governance for the betterment of communities, economies, and the environment.

We help governments around the globe further gender equality, support livelihoods, manage ecosystems, and optimize social and financial benefits in large and small-scale mining operations.

Our Work

We help governments strengthen their laws and policies to achieve their short and long-term sustainable development goals.

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Effective and inclusive ASM management helps governments realize gender equality, economic prosperity, and social development while safeguarding the environment.

Environmental and Social Impact Assessments

ESIAs are a key tool for governments to anticipate and manage how mining operations affect communities and natural landscapes over the full life cycle of a mine.

Environmental Management

Effective environmental management regimes focus on key priorities such as water, biodiversity, mine waste, and emergency preparedness and response throughout mine development.

Gender Equality

As a driving force for sustainable livelihoods, communities, and environments, women’s meaningful participation in mining is critical to move the sector towards sustainability.

Local Content Policies

Policy-makers can use local content policies for inclusive, gender-equitable, and sustainable socio-economic development for governments, companies, and communities alike.

Mine Closure and Post-Mining Transition

Well-planned and executed mine closure and post-mining land use helps governments foster environmental integrity and the well-being of local communities.

New Technologies

New mining technologies are rapidly transforming the mining sector with major implications for workers, communities, companies, and governments.

Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting

Addressing gaps in existing national and international tax helps governments maximize revenues from mining to promote sustainable development goals.


IGF 19th Annual General Meeting

The IGF's 19th  Annual General Meeting is scheduled for November 7-10, 2023 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, hosted by UNCTAD. The theme for 2023 is Sharing Benefits in the Energy
November 07, 2023
to November 10, 2023
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Global Conference on The Future of Resource Taxation

Inaugural global event convening officials from ministries of mining, finance, and revenue authorities as well as industry, civil society, academia, and international organizations.
June 26, 2023
to June 28, 2023
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Beneath the Surface: Women and the Mine of the…

A webinar exploring research findings from Women and the Mine of the Future Global Report and discussing global trends, implications, and policy recommendations for decision-makers.
May 24, 2023
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June 01, 2023

Gender Impact Assessment Tools for Mining Remain on the Shelf

The gap between the broad range of available tools and resources for integrating gender into impact assessments and their lack of use highlights how decision-makers continue to overlook women and girls in mining communities.

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May 17, 2023

Women’s Employment in Mining: Data analysis details the relationship between education and opportunity

While it is important to encourage women and girls to pursue higher education, gaining relevant experience and skills is essential for them to obtain and advance employment in the mining industry.

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December 19, 2022

Critical Minerals Trends: Broad strokes becoming clear, details difficult to predict

Critical minerals demand projections do not factor in evolving technologies, efforts to find mineral substitutes to reduce geopolitical risks, and recycling may affect the demand for critical minerals.

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IGF and OECD Invite Public Comments on Draft Guidance…

The IGF and OECD are seeking public comments on two resources designed to support developing countries in addressing the transfer pricing challenges faced when pricing minerals.
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IGF and NCEA Sign 3-Year MoU to Provide Technical…

The IGF and NCEA have agreed to share information and collaborate to provide technical assistance in environmental and social governance in the mining sectors of IGF member countries.
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Zimbabwe joins the IGF to Strengthen Mining Governance

Zimbabwe has joined the IGF, representing the 81st country to become a member of the voluntary initiative.
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Our Impact

Our work creates policy solutions for a more sustainable mining sector.

IGF and OECD experts with government officials in Guinea

Establishing a Reference Price for Bauxite Gets Fair Returns for Guinea

The IGF worked with Guinea to establish a benchmark price for bauxite.

Transfer Pricing Audit Capacity Pays Dividends for Mongolia

The IGF partnered with international organizations to help Mongolia strengthen revenue collection from its mining sector.

Laying the Foundation for Mine Closure Legislation in Argentina

The IGF played an instrumental role in establishing national guidelines for mine closure policies in Argentina.

Fostering Advocates for Gender and Mining Governance in 133 Nations

Our expanded e-learning course reached a wider audience, including French- and Spanish-speaking participants in Latin America and West Africa.

Driving Mining Policy Improvement Across West Africa

Since 2015, the IGF Secretariat has trained more than 250 senior public officials from the UEMOA region in 11 workshops on various themes based on the expressed needs of the participant