2019 Nov. 26 13:15 PM
2019 Nov. 26 14:45 PM
CICG Room 2
Government of Switzerland, UNIDO and BGI
UNIDO SIDE EVENT AT COP3: TOWARDS MERCURY-FREE ASGM
Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) has challenging environmental and social implications. The sector significantly releases mercury emissions creating damage to human health and the environment. Currently, many efforts are under way to improve this situation.
Through this side event, the Government of Switzerland and its partners would like to discuss the implementation of the Minamata Convention regarding ASGM in different countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Where does mercury-free ASGM work and why? Which alternative approaches and better practices exist? How should the tailings in ASGM be managed? How can formalization lead to better practices?
The event will bring together delegates from different ministries, NGOs and private sector stakeholders that are dealing with different challenges present in the ASGM sector. There will be several interventions and parallel discussions around the above questions through concrete examples of different countries.