The Government of Ireland expressed its commitment to responsible governance of the mining sector by joining the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF). The IGF is a voluntary partnership that welcomes member states of the United Nations.
“We are pleased to welcome Ireland as the IGF’s 71st member state,” IGF Director Greg Radford said at an the annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) in Toronto last week at which Ireland formally joined IGF.
At the signing in Toronto, Seán Canney TD, Ireland’s Minister of State for Natural Resources said “The IGF forum provides a very valuable opportunity to engage with over 70 fellow member countries on a broad range of important policy issues such as development, environment, gender, mine closure and responsible supply chains. Through its membership, Ireland hopes to be able to share its own best practice policies and learn from the experience of others as we work together on ensuring that mining contributes fully in the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals”.