Mining and its potential contribution to the SDGs

23 July 2016

A new report has just appeared entitled "Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas". It is produced by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the UNDP, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It takes the new Sustainable Development Goals which 193 countries signed up to in September 2015, and works through each showing the potential for mining to contribute, giving a number of success stories for each goal.

Peru appears in five of the cases: the Barrick Pierina mine (supporting and training farmers); Rio Tinto's La Granja project (on land access and another on climate change); Freeport-McMoran's Cerro Verde mine (wastewater treatment); and Antamina (improvement of local infrastructure).

The report is based on desk research, and the success stories typically only use one source, often the company itself. Nevertheless, this is a useful document and may inspire more work on developing positive dimensions of mining. To view the report, go to:

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