16th Annual General Meeting
Mining and COVID-19:
From crisis to sustainability
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, governments around the world are responding with drastic measures to protect their populations and economies. Given the speed at which the situation continues to evolve, governments must be aware that the policy decisions they make today in response to the crisis may have long-term implications for the sector—for better or worse.
In the mining industry, the pandemic has threatened workers’ health, disrupted supply chains, and halted some operations altogether. It has had far-reaching implications for the supply and demand of a range of commodities, resulting in ongoing price volatility throughout the sector.
The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development will host its 16th Annual General Meeting on October 20–22, 2020. To ensure the safety of all participants, the event will be held online for the very first time, and it will take place over three days to accommodate members joining from different time zones.
The AGM will focus on the key industry trends that have emerged with the pandemic and how governments are responding. It will also discuss what the future of mining could look like and how the sector can transition from crisis to sustainability.
In response to the concerns and interests of our members, AGM sessions will cover a number of thematic areas, including: artisanal and small-scale mining, community engagement and employment, environmental management best practices, gender equality and inclusiveness, minerals required to combat climate change, responsible sourcing, resource taxation, and technology and innovation.
We look forward to seeing you—virtually—in October.