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Stakeholder Newsletter: late November, 2022

21 November 2022

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It is time for us all to show up for nature.

While COP27 was a stepping stone towards an integrated approach to nature and climate, we need to ask: is it enough? With world leaders shuttling from COP27 to the G20 Summit and the World Cup, the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) COP15 event taking place in just a couple of weeks is at risk of falling below the radar. This critical event, and the targets which emerge, will either make or break progress towards our climate ambitions. Ultimately, it will determine the global goals we need to reach for nature by 2030 to ensure a healthy, functioning planet for us all. As Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the CBD, said on Thursday, this is “a Paris moment for biodiversity.”

Earlier today I shared an open letter to world leaders with three simple messages on COP15: Be present. Engage. Take action. As significant land stewards, suppliers of minerals for the energy transition and as an industry that is wholly dependent on healthy functioning ecosystems, we support ambitious outcomes at COP15. We therefore call on governments to support a clear, actionable, nature positive global goal to urgently halt and reverse nature loss, to address climate and nature holistically and to adopt an ambitious and comprehensive Global Biodiversity Framework.

As ICMM, we want to engage with all stakeholders at COP15 about how we can work together on ambitious action for nature. If you’re planning on being in Montreal, please get in touch to let us know of opportunities to connect - I hope to see you there.



ICMM supports Paris Peace Forum’s Call to Action on responsible sourcing and production of critical minerals

Critical minerals are the backbone of the energy transition, but how we source and produce them is just as important as how much we need.

“We are walking on a tightrope between an exponential increase in demand for these minerals, rising geopolitical tensions and urgent action on global issues such as climate change – making the Paris Peace Forum’s call to action very timely. ICMM strongly supports the priorities of the call to action, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with my fellow signatories on making the urgent progress needed.

Read more here.

ICMM Appoints Iván Arriagada as New Chair and Welcomes the Aluminum Association and Society of Mining Professors (SOMP) as New Association Members

Iván Arriagada, CEO of Antofagasta PLC, has been announced as ICMM’s new Chair, succeeding Richard Adkerson, Chairman and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan. Read more here.

We are delighted to welcome both SOMP and the Aluminum Association as association members of ICMM. Association members contribute invaluable industry expertise towards our shared vision of a safe, just and sustainable world enabled by responsibly produced minerals and metals. Read more here.

Up-Coming Events

Resourcing Tomorrow by Mines and Money
Business Design Centre, London • 29 November, 09:00 - 09:20 (GMT)

ICMM’s Ro Dhawan, Aidan Davy and Christian Spano will be joining stakeholders from around the world to discuss the energy transition, ESG and the circular economy in London for Mines and Money. Ro will give an opening keynote address on why “resourcing tomorrow” matters to all of us, not just the mining industry, while Aidan and Christian will discuss what can be done to provide greater clarity and consolidation in ESG Standards, and mining’s role in the circular economy. Register here.

World Circular Economy Forum 2022: Building a Just Energy Transition
Kigali, Rwanda, and virtual • 8 December, 07:00 - 08:30 (GMT)

ICMM and African Circular Economy Alliance are joining forces for an 'Accelerator Session’ at the World Circular Economy Forum, focussed on the role of circularity in the mining and metals industry as we build a just energy transition.

This session will explore the opportunities and challenges facing the mining and metals sector as we aim to build a truly global circular economy based on the supply of responsibly produced, durable materials into economies optimised for recovery and reuse. Register here.

COP15 side event: ‘Nature Positive – the new normal'
Place Quebec, Montreal • 9 December, 14:30 - 16:00 (ET)

Join ICMM's Director of Environment Hayley Zipp to discuss how to conserve and restore nature whilst supporting the energy transition. This event is hosted by the Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (ICMM, IPIECA and the Equator Principles Association). Find out more here.

COP15 side event: ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation in China’s Mining Industry'
Like-minded Mega Diverse Countries meeting room, Montreal, and virtual • 13 December, 18:15 - 19:45 (ET)

ICMM will be part of the discussion on the important role that industry can play in contributing to the post-2020 Biodiversity Conservation Framework through the sharing of experiences and the application of best practice, reporting on trends in achieving outcomes for nature, and by calling on industry to propose and engage in more effective solutions for biodiversity conservation. Find out more here.

COP15 side event: ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation in China’s Mining Industry'
Virtual • 14 December, 08:55 - 09:30 (ET)

Rohitesh Dhawan is speaking at the high level livestream panel organised by Eurasia Group and their subsidiary GZERO Media discussing how to tackle issues related to the emergence of biodiversity as a key ESG theme, and the push to design nature positive pathways by 2030. Find out more here.

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