In 2022, during the fifth resumed session of UNEA (UNEA-5.2), Member States adopted a resolution on the Environmental Aspects of Minerals and Metals Management (UNEP/EA.5/Res.12). The resolution requests UNEP to convene intergovernmental regional consultations, including with relevant international organizations, and regional and multilateral environmental agreements, with the aim of developing proposals to enhance the environmental sustainability of minerals and metals along their full life cycle. Five intergovernmental regional consultations were convened from April to July 2023, with a global intergovernmental meeting scheduled for 7 and 8 September 2023. Amongst others, the regional consultations took stock of existing activities to enhance the environmental sustainability of minerals and metals, identified opportunities for enhanced international cooperation, including with a view to fostering capacity-building and technological, technical and scientific cooperation in the mining sector, and resulted in a series of non-prescriptive proposals from each regional group. Additional information on the implementation of this resolution is available here.
The main objectives of this Nexus Dialogue are to: