The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) supports more than 60 nations committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure negative impacts are limited and financial benefits are shared. It is devoted to optimizing the benefits of mining to achieve poverty reduction, inclusive growth, social development and environmental stewardship.
The IGF is focused on improving resource governance and decision making by governments working in the sector. It provides a number of services to members including: in-country assessments; capacity-building and individualized technical assistance; guidance documents and conferences which explore best practices and provide an opportunity to engage with industry and civil society.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development has served as Secretariat for the IGF since October 2015. Core funding is provided by the Government of Canada.
The IGF emerged from the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, where delegates recognized the challenges and opportunities related to mining and sustainable development.
In order to demonstrate that mining could be a potentially significant driver of development, a number of countries with an interest in mining decided to take action to change the perception of mining as a threat to development.
The importance of the mining, minerals and metals sector to the economic and social development of many countries was recognized, with the inclusion of Paragraph 46 in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI).
South Africa and Canada sponsored the establishment of the Global Dialogue on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development as a Type 2 Partnership.
The IGF is a voluntary initiative that provides opportunities for national governments with an interest in mining to work collectively to advance the priorities identified in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and—more recently—the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030.
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.
We invite you to take a deeper dive into the IGF.
You can also access Paragraph 46 in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) online, which details why the IGF was created.