While the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize the need to use natural resources in a sustainable manner (SDG 12.2), there is no specific reference to the use of non-renewable resources, such as metals, minerals or fossil fuels. The extraction of non-renewable resources on an industrial scale is an inherently unsustainable activity, which contributes to many of the ills of unsustainable development (corruption, economic stagnation, human rights violations, environmental degradation, etc.).
The full, human rights-based implementation of the SDGs is vital to protecting people from practices that result in systemic human-rights violations and environmental degradation. The Decade of Action requires accelerated implementation of the 2030 Agenda to bring about just, resilient, and sustainable development for all.
This event is organized by the NGO Mining Working Group (MWG), a coalition of NGOs that, in partnership with our members and affected local communities, advocates at and through the United Nations for human and environmental rights as related to extractive industries. The event will bring together voices from the Amazon region, the Congo River basin and Southeast Asia, all areas impacted by extractivism, to discuss their experiences, challenges and recommendations related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, especially SDGs 2, 8 and 12. The panelists will also address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their local communities and regions, and suggest what might be needed for a resilient and sustainable recovery.