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Sustainable Resource Management


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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 2022 - 13th Session of the Expert Group on Resource Management (rescheduled)
25 October 2022 (10:00 - 18:00)
Palais des Nations, Geneva and online

The rescheduled 13th session of the Expert Group on Resource Management (that was due to be held 25-29 April as part of the UNECE Resource Management Week 2022) will now be held as a one-day meeting on 25 October 2022 in Geneva and online.

At its 13th Session, the Expert Group will continue its work to develop and implement the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) and the United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) for the sustainable management of resources including minerals, petroleum, renewable energy and nuclear fuels, as well for anthropogenic resources, geological storage and groundwater.

The meeting will focus on the following topics:

•    Discussion on possible realignment of the Expert Group.
•    Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals: Development, maintenance and implementation of UNFC and UNRMS. 
•    Application of UNFC and UNRMS in different geographical contexts.

The meeting will be held in hybrid format (in-person and Zoom) with simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Russian. Subject to the COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time, participation will be possible in person in Geneva. Registration is mandatory for all participants. All registered participants will be provided with the Zoom connection details closer to the event.

Registration and participation

For participation in person, please register here.

For online participation, please register here.

Transforming Extractive Industries for Sustainable Development

Currently, mineral resource extraction plays a dominant role in the economies of 81 countries that account for a quarter of global GDP. The COVID-19 pandemic caused an extraordinary socioeconomic crisis throughout the world, resulting in a 4.3 per cent contraction of world GDP. As our world moves toward an uneven and partial recovery, failure to transition to more sustainable systems will generate stranded assets, perpetuate vulnerabilities, jeopardize the fight against climate change and threaten human well-being. Transforming extractive industries must be part of the solution.

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