Sustainable Development Goals

New report released in New York: Mining Sector has a role to play in contributing to sustainable development

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02.08.2016 |

The mining sector has a big role to play in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in resource-rich and resource-dependent developing countries. This is the main message of a report that was published in mid July 2016 on the occasion of the UN High-Level Political Forum in New York. The report Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas is a joint effort of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The United Nations’ Agenda 2030 and its SDG set the scene for socially, ecologically and economically sustainable development in international development cooperation since last year. The Extractives and Development sector programme supports the atlas on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as it brings substance and vitality to the debate on the mining sector’s role for the Agenda 2030. At the same time it reveals the strong potential of international development cooperation to contribute in the area of resource governance and where to set priorities in the future for the greatest impact. The sector programme contributed to the content of the report and supported the project financially.

The atlas supports mapping and planning of activities for sustainable development in the mining sector

Using examples of good practice the atlas impressively demonstrates how the mining industry can contribute to social, ecologic and economic benefits for developing countries. Therefore, the atlas helps mining industries in collaborating with governments, communities, civil society and other partners to map their roles and responsibilities as well as to identify opportunities to achieve the SDGs. Relevant knowledge and good practice are made available to trigger debates on cooperation and to meet challenges of sustainable development.

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