In its resolution on Mineral Resource Governance (UNEP/EA.4/L.19), the United Nations Environment Assembly asked United Nations Environment Programme (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.

In this #GGKPwebinar organized jointly with International Resource Panel (IRP), and UNEP-GRID,  experts discuss progress made on the resolution, including a global stakeholder consultation conducted in partnership with the University of Queensland, a new Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management and key questions on how to advance international cooperation on mineral resource governances.


  • 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

  • Antonio Pedro, Director, Sub-regional Office for Central Africa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

  • Franziska Hirsch, Secretary to the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

  • 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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