July 20, 2016, 10.00 – 13.00 at the United Nations, New York

The extractive industry makes up an important share of the global economy and is key for many other industries and economic activities. As such, its role in contributing to Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be significant. However, realizing this potential will require an unprecedented spirit of cooperation and more effective dialogue among all stakeholders in the extractive sector.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Economic Forum (WEF), Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) have partnered to study the role of mining in Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, producing a new report, “Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: A Preliminary Atlas”. The final Atlas will be released during the week of the UN High-Level Political Forum in July 2016. The result of this research demonstrates that the mining sector can make important contributions to SDG achievement in mineral rich countries, both through positive contributions as well as by mitigating or managing negative impacts. While the report features the role of the private sector, it also highlights the important roles that governments, communities and other development partners must play to optimize the contributions of the sector to SDG achievement.

This workshop will bring together a small group of select representatives from extractive industry companies and associations, governments, multilateral organizations, civil society and academia that are interested in exploring enhanced coordination and cooperation that can lead to improved contributions of the extractive industries to SDG achievement.

Building on “Mapping Mining to the SDGs”, the forthcoming mapping for the oil & gas sector and other relevant efforts by various organizations, participants will explore relevant ongoing and planned initiatives and how to ensure synergies and scale up action. The discussion will focus on the following key issues:

Operationalizing and incorporating key SDGs into business practices and systems? What further knowledge and tools are required?

  • What data is needed to track the sector’s contribution to the SDGs?
  • How to enhance structured multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration in mineral rich countries to help align extractive industry policies and practices with Agenda 2030?

For more information and to attend the event, please email Lisa Sachs (Lsachs1@law.columbia.edu).