What Does It Mean to Become a Member?

IGF is a voluntary partnership. As per the Terms of Reference, membership in IGF implies no legal, contractual, or financial commitment from member countries. Any member state of the United Nations may become a member.

Relevant United Nations bodies and specialized agencies as well as other relevant intergovernmental organizations may, as determined by the members, be invited to participate as observers in the forum.

Members have access to a number of services provided by the Secretariat, including:

  • Conferences where government representatives can exchange ideas, explore best practices, and engage with industry and civil society
  • In-country assessments
  • Guidance documents
  • Capacity-building training on critical mining and sustainable development issues
  • Individualized technical assistance for developing country governments requiring training or guidance on particular topics.

How to Become a Member

To become a member, a country sends the Secretariat (now in Canada) a confirmation of acceptance of the Rules of Procedure, available in English, French or Spanish. In that notification, each interested country is invited to designate one contact in the ministry or agency with primary responsibility for the development of the mining, minerals, or metals sector as the national focal point for this forum.

According to the Rules of Procedures a member of the forum may withdraw at any time by giving written notice of withdrawal to the Secretariat.

Nation states interested in becoming an IGF member should contact the Secretariat:
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1400
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1P 5Z9

79 Current Members