7 November 2017 | Bruxelles, Belgium


This conference shall deliver insights on how can global governance of raw materials contribute to Sustainable Development Goals and how can the SDGs motivate growth and innovation in responsible mining and stimulate sustainable sourcing of raw materials. The event is the third in a series of Advanced Mining Countries conference series organized by the EU.

7 Nov 2017
08:00 – 17:00
08:30 – 09:30
Registration and networking
09:30 – 09:45
Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Christian Leffler - Deputy  Director General, EEAS
  • Antti Peltomaki - Deputy-Director General, DG GROW

09:45 – 10:30
Joint Plenary Session of the EU-Advanced Mining Countries conference and Critical Raw Materials conference (session title to be defined)

The joint session should allow participants of the AMC event and CRM event to get together for a formal opening. This session will serve two purposes: to present the 2017 list of CRMs and set a political signal that responsible mining and sourcing have a common denominator and are a viable area of co-operation among advanced mining countries. Business opportunities will materialize for all involved countries if public policy action is well co-ordinated.

Chair: Antti Peltomaki, Deputy-Director General, DG GROW, European Commission

  • Critical Raw Materials Assessment 2017
  • Gwenole Cozigou, Director, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Canada (+ to mention IGF, legislation to encourage going global Canadian mining companies?)

Interactive Session – Q&A 

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30

Is there a common cause for advanced mining countries on sustainable and responsible mining and sourcing? What feasible and desirable options for global governance in raw materials? What are the specific areas where we strive at the same outcome? What way forward? The session should also discuss the conceptual boundaries of "responsible mining and sourcing" in terms of issues and policies that fall in its scope.

Chair: UNEP, Ms. Noronha (director)

  • Australia
  • Peru
  • OECD
  • EU Perspective – H2020 project INTRAW
  • World Bank (capacity building and global governance)

Interactive Session – Q&A 

12:30 – 13:30
Buffet Lunch
13:30 – 15:00

This session will set the expectations of governments and downstream industries in terms of sustainable and responsible sourcing and showcase examples of initiatives that contribute to this end. Is there a business case for sustainable sourcing? Does sustainable sourcing increase product price? Is there a market for responsible sourcing? What about competition from low-cost production countries? How sustainable sourcing could become a driver for competitiveness?

Chair: USA

Dutch Government Dirk Jan Koch, EPRM and give a governments perspective on Responsible sourcing (including conflict minerals)

  • Germany (government)
  • Downstream company 
  • Dutch Association for Responsible Investing
  • How responsible investors can promote responsible sourcing and mining
  • EU approach on sustainable sourcing (Peter Handley, GROW C2 HoU)

Interactive Session – Q&A 

15:00 – 15:15
Coffee break
15:15 – 16:45

Is "sustainability" adding to operational cost of mining? Is there a market for responsibly sourced minerals? Could it become a driver for competitiveness of sustainable mines? Is there a reward beyond LME price? What is the mining industry already doing on Social License to Operate? This session should present mining industry viewpoints and existing approaches to sustainable mining.

Chair: Euromines/Mexico

Space data for the sustainable mining life cycle: the role of Copernicus European Space Agency, director, Stephen Coulsen

  • Chile
  • Finland (+ Finnish sustainable standard)
  • Brasil
  • Mexico/Euromines

Interactive Session – Q&A 

16:45 – 17:00
Closing speech UNDP
17:20 – 19:00
Matchmaking Session

Matchmaking: Participants signing-up for this session can send or receive bilateral meeting requests which are scheduled between 17:20-19:00. In total a maximum of up to 5 bilateral meetings (of 20 min) can be managed.

Introduction: South Africa - To be confirmed
AMC participants will be given an opportunity to participate in the matchmaking session – scheduled short appointments that they were offered on the basis of their interests and profile.

18:00 – 20:00
Esterel room, Versailles room and Gallery
Networking Cocktail

The cocktail is a joint gathering for both the AMC and CRM events to allow for better networking.

The event agenda's time zone is CET.