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by AGORA moderator
19 December 2017

Human Rights Impacts of Extractive Industries on Indigenous Peoples

Widespread human rights violations associated with extractive projects on the lands of Indigenous peoples pose a serious challenge to sustainable development. As an expanding sector and a potentially important contributor to GDP, extractive industries are at the centre of many countries’ development strategies. However, while benefits from extractive projects accrue primarily on...

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by AGORA moderator
11 December 2017
Our e-Learning course on strong oversight of extractive industries is now available on AGORA. The course has been developed in collaboration with the Project for strengthening technical and functional skills of Supreme Audit Institutions, National Parliaments and Civil Society for the control of public finances in the PALOP and Timor-Leste (Pro PALOP-TL SAI). The project is fully funded by the European Union and managed directly by UNDP.
 
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by AGORA moderator
17 January 2017

Extractive industries can have major impacts on sustainable development in resource-rich countries, including their achievement of the SDGs. On the one hand, the oil, gas and mining sectors contribute significantly to government revenues, providing critical economic development opportunities; they can boost economic growth and create opportunities for people, including increased employment...

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by AGORA moderator
20 October 2016

In the volatile and fragile context of Myanmar's nascent democratic reform, investment protection treaties must not be allowed to negatively affect processes that would make Myanmar more peaceful and democratic.

Following a reform process initiated by the previous military-backed government of President Thein...

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by AGORA moderator
20 October 2016

Africa Oil Governance Summit was instituted in 2015 to be an annual gathering of Africans and stakeholder in Africa’s oil industry to continuously engage around the governance of the oil and gas resources to transition oil producing countries onto an accelerated development trajectory. The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) recognizes this recurrent dialogue platform to discuss governance issues across...

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by AGORA moderator
14 September 2016

Despite a peace agreement signed last year, Libya remains embroiled in violent conflict. At the heart of the conflict is oil, which accounts for more than 90 percent of government revenue.

The vast majority is produced in the country’s east and south, while the commercial...

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by AGORA moderator
7 September 2016

The Republic of Congo (ROC) is a country of competing natural riches. Above ground, nearly 24 million hectares are covered in pristine tropical forests, which provide homes and livelihoods to millions of people, as well as habitats for the gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants and other rare species that live among the trees.

Below the soil, there are reserves of metals like zinc, iron, copper and gold, in addition to other valuable minerals. Developing and using these resources could...

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by AGORA moderator
16 August 2016

Large-scale mining has the potential to play a critical role in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in resource-rich countries, according to a new report released today on the occasion of the UN High-Level Political Forum  in New York. The report, Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas is a joint effort of the United Nations Development Programme, the World Economic Forum, the Columbia...

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by AGORA moderator
11 August 2016

The Miombo woodlands is the largest biome of Southern-Central Africa. Covering 2.7 million square kilometers and spanning several countries, it is one of the most important ecosystems in the world. Each year, the Miombo loses over 1.27 million hectares mainly due to shifting cultivation and energy production. The impact of this deforestation is significant. African governments risk losing a long-term source of revenue, while the international community is losing valuable flora and fauna,...

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by AGORA moderator
9 August 2016

The Government of Côte d'Ivoire aims to reduce its dependence on cocoa and coffee by developing the oil, gas and mining sector.

Côte d’Ivoire, one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of cocoa, coffee and palm oil, is aspiring to develop its mining sector to limit its reliance on agriculture. Adama Toungara, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, noted in 2013 that the government’s plan was to intensify exploration, increase the production of oil, gas and electricity, and to...

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