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United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) -
a universally acceptable and internationally applicable scheme for the sustainable management of all energy and mineral resources.

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UNECE Resource Management Week 2023

The UNECE Resource Management Week 2023 “Assuring sustainability in resource management”, including the 14th session of the Expert Group on Resource Management (EGRM-14) will be held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 25-28 April 2023.

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United Nations Resource Management System: Principles and Requirements

The multifaceted requirements of sustainable development depend primarily on the optimal and responsible use of natural resources. A new paradigm of natural resource production and use, including progressing towards a circular economy, is required to realise the need for the balanced development of natural resources. The United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) is a comprehensive, sustainable natural resource management framework that supports the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNRMS is based on the globally accepted United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC), which has incorporated a unique methodology of assessing resources through the triple lenses of environmental-social-economic viability, technical feasibility and confidence in estimates. UNRMS is a voluntary global standard for sustainable integrated resource management within the framework of public, public-private and civil society partnerships.

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This document “Guidance for the Application of the United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC) for Mineral and Anthropogenic Resources in Europe" will assist regional and national authorities to establish and maintain a Project inventory of primary and secondary raw materials Projects in Europe. The inventory will be based on the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources. The inventory will cover Projects that aim at the recovering of mineral raw materials from geological occurrences in the earth crust (geogenic resources) and from extractive industry residues such as tailings, stockpiles, and waste rocks (anthropogenic resources).

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25 - 28 April

Hybrid format: online and Tempus, Palais des Nations, Geneva Switzerland

29 March

Palais des Nations, Room XVII Geneva Switzerland

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