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2021 IGF Virtual AGM Registration is Open

July 28, 2021

Registration is now open for the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development’s (IGF) 17th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on October 19–20, 2021. The IGF AGM is the leading international forum on mining policy and sustainable development, bringing together mining sector experts and stakeholders from government, academia, industry, civil society, non-governmental, and international organizations. The event will be hosted virtually. All interested parties are invited to register and attend.

The theme for the 2021 AGM is Building Tomorrow Together: Mining for a Responsible and Inclusive Future.

Governments, companies, and mining communities face a variety of fluid challenges today. Amid the need for pandemic response and recovery, calls are growing for a transition toward metals-intensive clean energy sources to combat climate change. New technologies are disrupting operations and posing new challenges for community engagement and local content policy-makers. In addition, assessing and managing the environmental and social impacts from mining—throughout the mining life cycle and for operations of all sizes—remains critical to maintaining trust in the sector.

As such, 2021 AGM sessions will focus on a variety of timely topics surrounding mining sector governance, including: artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), community engagement, critical minerals, environmental management, environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA), gender equality, local content, partnerships, taxation, and technology.

AGM sessions will run for three hours each day (08:30 to 11:30 EDT / 12:30 to 15:30 GMT) and will include interpretation for participants in English, French, and Spanish.

Brief Agenda

Session Descriptions

Confirmed Speakers Include

  • Jerry Kwame Ahadjie, Chief Minerals Officer, African Development Bank
  • Nicky Black, Director, Social and Economic Development Programme, ICMM
  • Froydis Cameron-Johansson, Group Head of International Government and Sustainability Relations, Anglo American
  • Galbadrakh Davaa, Director of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, Mongolia
  • Rohitesh Dhawan, President and CEO, ICMM
  • Barbara Dischinger, Director, International Women in Mining
  • Kitty van der Heijden, Vice Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Netherlands
  • Suneeta Kaimal, President and CEO, Natural Resource Governance Institute
  • Sulemanu Koney, CEO, Chamber of Mines, Ghana
  • Estelle Levin-Nally, Founder and CEO, Levin Sources
  • Mammeli Makhate, Senior Environment officer, Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture, Lesotho
  • Bruce McKenney, Director for Strategic Initiatives, Energy & Infrastructure, The Nature Conservancy
  • KC Michaels, Legal Advisor, International Energy Agency
  • Mohato Moima, Principal Mining Engineer, Ministry of Mining, Lesotho
  • Nancy Bahamonde Quinteros, Consultant in Participatory Environmental Governance in Peru, UNDP
  • Andrew Rollo, Chief Auditor of Mines, Executive Director Audit and Effectiveness, British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources, Canada
  • Oumar Sarr, Minister of Mines and Geology, Senegal
  • Anna Shpitsberg, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, Department of State, United States
  • Ruby Stocklin-Weinberg, Programme Manager, GemFair
  • Jean-François Tremblay, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Canada
  • Alejandra Wood, Executive Director, CESCO
  • Alan Young, Director, Materials Efficiency Research Group

The full agenda and other details will be released in the coming weeks. Register now to stay informed.

The IGF supports more than 75 member 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 International Institute for Sustainable Development has served as Secretariat for the IGF since October 2015. Core funding is provided by the governments of Canada and the Netherlands.