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United Nations’ Business and Human Rights Forum – a global conversation

In the last few years, the issue of human rights has moved from being perceived as peripheral to business to one of central concern. This shift was cemented by the unanimous endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011, which have become the global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity.

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The future of the Arctic depends on collaboration, sound science and inclusive development

From 31 October to 2 November, over 1,400 representatives from 37 countries came together in Reykjavik, Iceland, to participate in the second annual assembly of the Arctic Circle. Founded by Iceland President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson with colleagues from across the north, the Arctic Circle engages with all interests following a village square model of collaborative discussion to address the challenges and opportunities brought on by changes in the Arctic - particularly those brought on by the changing climate.

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Mining's contribution to sustainable development at the core of Intergovernmental Forum

On 21 October 2014, ICMM hosted a multi-stakeholder panel discussion on mining’s contribution to social and economic development at the Inter-Governmental Forum (IGF) on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development Annual General Meeting. The panel shared experiences around different aspects that host country governments, working in collaboration with industry and civil society, can focus on to ensure that mining investments contribute fully to broad-based social and economic development.

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Dow Jones Sustainability Indices recognizes 41 mining companies for sustainability performance

Out of the 3,395 companies invited for the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review, 2,500 are included in the world universe index, 41 of which were mining and metals companies. This marks efforts made within the mining and metals industry around improving sustainable development performance. However, while progress has been made, challenges still remain.

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International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples: strengthening relationships between Indigenous Peoples and mining companies

On 9 August, the United Nations observes the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples under the theme "Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of Indigenous Peoples". To mark the occasion, ICMM has published the report of its international multi-stakeholder workshop on Indigenous Peoples and mining organized with the UN Global Compact on 16 May 2014.

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Mining executives and regulators discuss effects of changes to IMO codes

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping, has introduced new regulations relevant to the bulk transport of minerals and metals products. How are the regulations changing and what are the consequences for the mining industry?

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Transformation through collaboration: ICMM joins discussions at IFC’s Sustainability Exchange

Joining 200 global practitioners from companies, think tanks, NGOs and academia, ICMM joined discussions at the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) 8th annual Sustainability Exchange. IFC is a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. 

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President of the Inter-American Development Bank presents to ICMM CEOs on mining as a development engine

On 14 May, ICMM’s Council of CEOs gathered in Miami, USA to focus on strategic issues for ICMM and the mining and metals industry. The meeting featured a presentation by guest speaker Mr Luis Alberto Moreno - President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Mr Moreno spoke to ICMM’s Council of CEOs on the role the industry can play as a major development partner.

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From good practice guidance to good practice on the ground: ICMM and international organizations address mining and Indigenous Peoples issues

Today, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) begins in New York City, running until 23 May. The UNPFII is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. ICMM and UN Global Compact will be convening an international Indigenous Peoples workshop on 16 May as a side event to the UNPFII. The workshop is part of ICMM’s on-going work on Indigenous Peoples and mining, rounding off a series of regional workshops held over the last year.

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