Do we need a new governance framework for mineral resources?
18 January 2021

DATE: 19 January

TIME: 9 am - 10:30 am (CET)

Join UNEP, the International Resource Panel and the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership for an expert discussion on mineral resource governance ahead of urgent and procedural decision making at UNEA-5.  In its resolution on Mineral Resource Governance (UNEP/EA.4/L.19), the United Nations Environment Assembly asked UNEP to collect information on sustainable practices, identify knowledge gaps and options for implementation strategies, and undertake an overview of existing assessments of different governance initiatives and approaches relating to sustainable management of metal and mineral resources, including emerging issues linked to sustainable management of sand resources and of mine tailings.


What progress has been made on the UNEA-4 resolution on mineral resource governance?

What do we need to know before UNEA-5?

Do we need a new governance framework for mineral resources?

What are some practical implications to consider?

What positive actions can we take in 2021?


  • Aidan Davy, Chief Operating Officer and Director, Environment Programme, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
  • Daniel Franks, Professor, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland
  • Louise Gallagher, Environmental Governance Lead, UNEP/GRID-Geneva Global Sand Observatory Initiative
  • Franziska Hirsch, Secretary to the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • Antonio Pedro, Director, Sub-regional Office for Central Africa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Moderated by Ligia Noronha, Director, Economy Division, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Opening remarks from Martine Rohn-Brossard, Head of Section Europe, Trade and Development/Deputy Head International Division, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

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