IGF's 16th Annual General Meeting

Mining and COVID-19: From crisis to sustainability

October 20, 2020 8:30 am - October 22, 2020 12:00 pm EST

(Open to public)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, governments around the world are responding with drastic measures to protect their populations and economies. Given the speed at which the situation continues to evolve, governments must be aware that the policy decisions they make today in response to the crisis may have long-term implications for the sector—for better or worse.

In the mining industry, the pandemic has threatened workers’ health, disrupted supply chains, and halted some operations altogether. It has had far-reaching supply and demand implications for a range of commodities, resulting in ongoing price volatility throughout the sector.

The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development will host its 16th Annual General Meeting on October 20–22, 2020. To ensure the safety of all participants, the event will be held online for the very first time, and it will take place over three days to accommodate members joining from different time zones.

As a fully virtual event, participants will not be limited for the 2020 IGF AGM — all interested stakeholders are invited to attend.

Register now!

The AGM will focus on the key industry trends that have emerged with the pandemic and how governments are responding. It will also discuss what the future of mining could look like and how the sector can transition out of the current crisis to sustainability.

We look forward to seeing you—virtually—in October.


Most sessions will include simultaneous interpretation for participants in English, French, and Spanish. A more detailed agenda will be announced shortly.

The AGM will run for three hours each day, from 8:30 to 11:30 EST / 14:30 to 17:30 CEST.
Day 1 | Tuesday October 20
  • Introduction and opening panel
  • The future of mining employment and skills
  • Leveraging impact investing mechanisms to building resilient communities
  • Global standards for environmental and tailings management
Day 2 | Wednesday October 21
  • ASM challenges post COVID-19
  • Responsible sourcing
  • Mining’s contribution to combating climate change
  • The future of resource taxation
  • Financial assurance mechanisms for mine closure
Day 3 | Thursday October 22
  • Community engagement
  • Opportunities for greater gender equality
  • Technological innovation in a post-COVID era
  • Environmental and social impact assessments
  • Closing remarks