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Better Working Conditions Can Improve Safety and Productivity of Artisanal and Small-Scale Miners Around the World

May 4, 2021

A new World Bank and Pact report finds that better working conditions can improve productivity, health, and safety for the over 44 million artisanal miners across 80 countries. The report outlines solutions to improve occupational health and safety, social protection, and fair labor standards for the artisanal and small-scale (ASM) sector and at least 134 million people who are estimated to work in industries that support the sector.

Coal Regions in Ukraine to Benefit from Poland’s Lessons on ‘Just Transition’

OCTOBER 7, 2020

Poland’s National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFEP&WM) and the World Bank, in cooperation with the European Commission, launched an initiative to facilitate a knowledge exchange between coal regions in Poland and Ukraine that can help both countries prepare for an energy transformation in the coming years. The exchange is part of the program that assists countries in developing and implementing inclusive strategies for transitioning to low-carbon energy systems.

Mineral Production to Soar as Demand for Clean Energy Increases

MAY 11, 2020

A new World Bank Group report finds that the production of minerals, such as graphite, lithium and cobalt, could increase by nearly 500% by 2050, to meet the growing demand for clean energy technologies. It estimates that over 3 billion tons of minerals and metals will be needed to deploy wind, solar and geothermal power, as well as energy storage, required for achieving a below 2°C future.

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Mineral-Rich Developing Countries Can Drive a Net-Zero Future

June 2022

Renewable technologies such as battery storage systems, low-carbon hydrogen, solar panels, wind turbines as well as the required expansion of transmission infrastructure, rely on minerals and metals. The energy transition is expected to massively boost demand for these minerals and metals.

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How to make artisanal and small-scale mining forest-smart

June 2022

The world cannot afford to lose more forests. Forests are vital to people and the planet, supplying the air we breathe and providing water to nearly 1.6 billion people. A low-carbon future requires significant investment and innovation to stop forest loss and damage.

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Tackling the jobs challenges of coal transition

June 2022

A just transition requires a whole-of-government approach. Traditional labor policy instruments are an integral part of governments’ toolkits—but they are often not enough to achieve a “just transition” for all affected workers and communities

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Expanding the Role of Women in Indonesia’s Extractives Sector

March 2022

“Indonesia has had a very strong legal basis to mainstream gender in the mining industry,” said Yuli Adiratna, the Indonesian Ministry of Labor Director of Labor Inspections Norms. “We have various regulations that mandate a non-discriminatory approach in the workplace."

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Western Balkans and Ukraine Take Steps to Transition Away from Coal

November 19, 2021

A Platform Initiative in Support of Coal Regions in Transition for Western Balkans and Ukraine provides countries in the region decades of expertise and the tools and financing necessary to accelerate the transition away from coal.

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To achieve decent work, we must improve the health and safety of 'hidden' artisanal miners

July 2021

We have a collective responsibility to ensure that the world’s hidden mining workforce, supplying the materials we use in our daily lives, enjoy safe and productive working conditions.

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Tell Me How: 'Just' Transitions in the Coal Sector

MARCH 10, 2021

In this episode, Christopher Sheldon, expert on enery transition, discusses how the right policies can help unlock viable economic opportunities while making the solution socially and environmentally sustainable.

 

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Celebrating African Women in Mining with AWIMA`s Jewellery Design Competition

MARCH 8, 2021

The AWIMA Jewellery Design Project, supported by the EGPS, provides a one-of-a-kind platform for celebrating the resilience of African women in mining while using innovative ideas to partner with African women designers and jewelers.

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EGPS Launches New Emergency Response for Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Communities Impacted by COVID-19

JULY 29, 2020

EGPS has created a new emergency response for vulnerable ASM communities impacted by COVID-19. The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs contributed 1 million Swiss Francs in seed funding. More support from donors is expected.