The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) has published its 2021 Annual Report, which outlines an engaging year that saw the Secretariat achieve important milestones amid the ongoing pandemic. While COVID-19 continued to hamper travel and in-person gatherings, the Secretariat was able to work remotely with members and other stakeholders to make progress on several fronts related to some of today’s most pressing global issues.
Highlights from 2021
- Costa Rica, El Salvador, and the United States joined the IGF, bringing our membership to 79 countries.
- Published the flagship Guidance for Governments: Environmental Management and Mining Governance.
- Hosted the 17th Annual General Meeting (virtual).
- Organized 15 webinars with 3,600+ attendees.
- Conducted 12+ workshops with 1,000+ participants.
- Welcomed the Government of the Netherlands as a new core funder.
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.