The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development’s (IGF) held its 17th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on October 19–20, 2021. The event was hosted virtually and session recordings are now available to all registered participants.
The theme for the 2021 AGM was 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 towards 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 focused 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 new technologies.
The annual event is a 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.