Somalia Participating in Annual meeting on Mining and sustainable Development

Geneva (SONNA)– Somalia is taking part in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), kicked off on October 7 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme “Mining in a Changing Climate”.
The conference, which will last until October 11, has brought together government officials from more than 80 countries, as well as representatives from industry, civil society, international organizations, and academia to discuss climate-related issues and efforts to leverage mining for sustainable development.
Somali Minister of Petroleum and Minerals Mohamud Abdulkadir Hilal, headed his country's delegation to the conference, including Ambassador of Somalia to Geneva Ebyan Ladane and other government members.
This year's conference has included climate-related sessions that cover a broad range of topics like Artisinal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) Minerals for Disaster Reconstruction; Circular Economy: Repurposing Mine Tailings; Climate Change Adaptation in the Mining Sector; European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM); Gendered Climate Impacts and Policies; Government Strategies for Low Carbon Minerals; Green Mine of the Future; Impacts and Policies Implications of a Changing Climate on Mining; Key Drivers and Policy Frameworks for Renewables; Managing Coal Mine Closure; and Stranded Assets in the Mining Sector.
Somali deputy minister of minerals and petroleum stated that the event has also focused on issues including global minerals by exhibiting annual reports about cultural-economic, environmental and climate effects on business of mineral production, in addition to efforts to boost the economic growth in the countries participating in the conference, through developing the best ways to benefit from their mineral production.
He added that one of the most important issues that also discussed in the gathering was supporting the world’s mineral companies, especially the smaller ones, and their countries, with the view to increasing the global mineral production.
Further, the participants discussed setting effective policies to promote cooperation among mineral production companies, and to ensure collective prevention of environmental problems in the workplace and nearby communities.
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