Past Event: “Mining Communities in the DRC: New Challenges and Opportunities for Sanctions”

Minig Communities in the DRC

Hortence Migabo, Dynamique Femme et Mines Bukavu (left) and Casper Sonesson, UNDP

March 31 – April 1, 2015
Hotel Roger Smith, Startlight Room, 2nd Floor
501 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017

This international conference was intended to build bridges between local specialists in natural resource and community issues from the Eastern DRC and those who need to respond with policies, donor programs, corporate community engagement and institutional investors. Such discussions are especially timely because, particularly in Africa, the current concepts designed to prevent or halt natural resource exploitation as funding sources for war and insurgencies must be updated. A recently concluded multi-year study on the exploitation and trade of Congolese gold (SARWatch) demonstrates that regardless how far behind a region has left the conflict stage, local communities barely benefit from any peace dividends. At the conference, NGO representatives from the Eastern DRC discussed with UN diplomats, secretariat officials and other experts some practical proposal for overcoming these challenges.

Program and links to individual presentations

SARWatch Report

Keynote by H.E. Ambassador Gata Mavita wa Lufuta of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations

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