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About Us

The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) supports its more than 80 member countries in advancing their sustainable development goals through effective laws, policies, and regulations for the mining sector.

We help governments take action to develop inclusive and gender-equitable practices, optimize financial benefits, support livelihoods, and safeguard the environment. Our work covers the full mining life cycle, from exploration to mine closure, and projects of all sizes, from artisanal mining to large-scale operations.

Guided by our members’ needs, we provide in-country assessments, capacity building, technical training, publications, and events to advance best practices, peer learning, and engagement with industry and civil society.

Our Focus Areas

Our work focuses on key policy areas to help governments foster a more sustainable mining sector.

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
Supporting gender equality, economic prosperity, social development, and environmental management through ASM.
Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
Managing how mining operations affect communities and natural landscapes by evaluating and improving legal frameworks and environmental and social aspects of resource governance.
Environmental Management
Managing natural resources and ecosystems with a focus on water, biodiversity, mine waste, and emergency preparedness and response throughout the mining life cycle.
Gender Equality
Ensuring women’s meaningful participation in mining to support sustainable livelihoods, communities, and environments.
Local Content Policies
Using local content policies for inclusive, gender-equitable, and sustainable socio-economic development.
New Technologies
Adapting to new and evolving technologies that are transforming the mining sector.
Mine Closure and Post-Mining Transition
Promoting environmental integrity, climate change mitigation and social benefits through well-planned mine closure and post-mining land use.
Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting
Funding governments’ long-term economic, environmental, and social priorities.

Our History

During the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa, delegates acknowledged mining’s poor reputation jeopardizes the sector’s potential benefits that can advance sustainability objectives.

Governments recognized the importance of the mining, minerals, and metals sector to the economic, environmental, and social development of countries with the inclusion of Paragraph 46 in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.

South Africa and Canada sponsored the creation of the Global Dialogue on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development as a Type 2 Partnership and from that, the IGF was established.

The Secretariat is a voluntary initiative supporting national governments to achieve priorities identified in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In 2005, the IGF held its first Annual General Meeting with its 25 founding members.

After a decade of growth, Global Affairs Canada decided to move the Secretariat function outside its operations to better serve the needs of IGF members and the sector at large.

The International Institute for Sustainable Development—one of the world’s leading centres of research and innovation—took over Secretariat functions in October 2015.

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Funders and Partners

The IGF’s core funding is provided by the governments of Canada and the Netherlands.

We also have programmatic funding from:

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Ford Foundation
  • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SADC)
  • United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
  • United States Department of State

And we are grateful for the support of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for hosting our Annual General Meeting at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Annual reports

2021 IGF Annual Report

Our 17th Annual General Meeting was held virtually October 19–20, 2021, with the theme Building Tomorrow Together: Mining for a Responsible and Inclusive Future. Governments, companie

2020 IGF Annual Report

The 2020 IGF Annual Report highlights a year marked by challenges, opportunities, growth, and staying connected with our member countries.

2019 IGF Annual Report

The 2019 IGF Annual Report chronicles a year of growth and engagement with our member countries to ensure mining activity supports sustainable development.

2018 IGF Annual Report

The IGF 2018 annual report dives into our commitment to making sure mining’s benefits are not just shared but leveraged for sustainable development by our 69 member countries.

2017 IGF Annual Report

Read the IGF’s 2017 Annual Report, highlighting successes throughout the year and how leveraging mining for sustainable development can limit negative impacts and ensure financial

2016 IGF Annual Report

The achievements and objectives of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) are detailed in its first annual report.

IGF Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure

A detailed outline of the Secretariat's operational rules and processes.
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Règles de Procédure

Un aperçu détaillé des règles et processus opérationnels du Secrétariat.
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Reglas de Procedimiento

Una vision detallada de las normas y procesos operativos de la Secretaría.
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