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The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is a centre of excellence on mining and sustainable development. It is devoted to optimizing the benefits of mining to achieve poverty reduction, inclusive growth, social development and environmental stewardship.

The IGF serves as a unique global venue for sustained dialogue between its 55 member country governments, mining companies and industry associations.

It is focused on improving resource governance and decision making by governments working in the sector. It provides capacity building training on critical mining and sustainable development issues, as well as individualized technical assistance to developing country governments requiring training or guidance on particular topics.

This effort is largely framed by its flagship policy guidance and assessment tool, the Mining Policy Framework (MPF). The MPF lays out international best practices in six key pillars of mining policy and law: the legal and policy environment; financial benefit optimization; socio-economic benefit optimization; environmental management; mine closure and post-mining transitions; and artisanal and small-scale mining.

The IGF emerged from the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa where delegates recognized the challenges and opportunities related to mining and sustainable development. It is a voluntary initiative that provides opportunities for national governments with an interest in mining to work collectively to advance the priorities identified in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and -- more recently -- the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030.

The IGF Secretariat was established by the Canadian government's international development agency in 2005. After a decade of growth, Global Affairs Canada decided to move the Secretariat function outside its operations in order to better serve the needs of IGF members and the sector at large. The International Institute for Sustainable Development – one of the world's leading centers of research and innovation – took over the Secretariat functions in October 2015.

For information about the Intergovermental Forum (IGF) and the Mining Policy Framework (MPF), please find attached flyer:



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