The Secretariat supports its members to advance sustainable development objectives through effective mining policies and laws with its flagship Mining Policy Framework (MPF). The MPF represents the best practices required for good environmental, social, and economic governance of the mining sector, and the generation and equitable sharing of benefits in a manner that will contribute to sustainable development.
The framework was tabled at the 19th session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD19), in May 2011 in New York, and presented as a compendium of best practices for governments to manage the full range of issues in the mining sector. Delegates to CSD19 recognized the MPF as a way to provide a systemic approach for developing mining in accordance with sustainable development principles.
As a policy guidance tool, the MPF outlines international best practice throughout the full mining life cycle in six pillars of mining law and policy.
The IGF Secretariat’s team of experts work with member governments to apply the MPF in two phases: first is an MPF Assessment followed by capacity building and technical assistance.
Phase 1: MPF Assessments
Our team collaborates with governments to identify strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in existing mining laws, policies, and regulations and provide recommendations for improvement based on the best practices presented in the MPF. The assessment process involves desk-based research, a comprehensive review of policy documents, mine site visits, and extensive in-person consultations with stakeholders from government, civil society, and the private sector.
Once the assessment report has been drafted and validated by the government, it is published and disseminated for use by the Government, civil society, and the private sector and by IGF members for peer learning.
Phase 2: Capacity Building and Technical Assistance
The Secretariat works collaboratively with members to advise and lead workshops with government officials focused on tailored capacity building and technical assistance to address the gaps identified in the MPF assessment. These activities are designed to leave governments better equipped with the knowledge and tools to improve mining sector governance.
IGF member governments are committed to implementing their sustainable mining goals.
Numerous members have requested assistance from the IGF Secretariat in evaluating their policies through Mining Policy Framework (MPF) Assessments.
The IGF is working with a voluntary selection of its member states to help them operationalize practices consistent with the IGF’s Mining Policy Framework (MPF). The first assessments were carried out in 2014 in the Dominican Republic, Madagascar and Uganda. Based on the success of these initial evaluations, the IGF now conducts three or four assessments each year, in response to member requests.
The results of these assessments are published in order to help governments target their efforts in implementing the MPF, to inform capacity-building efforts and to allow for monitoring of progress over time.
Find out more about how the process works online. Please see below for reports on assessments conducted to date.