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Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF)

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The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) was established in 2005 and is a global cooperation platform for governments of industrialised and developing countries serving as a forum for dialogue on mining and mineral resources. Representatives of mining ministries and other ministries from over 50 member countries, including Germany, meet once a year to share their experiences in the extractive sector. The aim of IGF is to increase the mining sector’s contribution to sustainable development and poverty reduction worldwide. One important element of IGF is learning from other participants’ experience with the aid of practical examples. IGF has assembled a wide-ranging compendium of best practices in global mining in its Mining Policy Framework, which was recognised by the United Nations and the G8 countries as the central reference work and key document for governments in the mining sector. The Extractives and Development programme is also assisting IGF financially and in terms of content as it prepares an Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Guidance (ASM Guidance), a guide for governments on how best to deal with the issues of artisanal and small-scale mining with a focus on development.

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