The International Resource Panel at World Resources Forum 2023

From September 4 to 6, 2023, the World Resources Forum 2023 (WRF23) took place in Geneva, Switzerland. This prestigious event, hosted by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, was organized in conjunction with the UNEP Global Intergovernmental Meeting on Minerals and Metals. Held at the International Conference Center Geneva (CICG) and online, WRF23 brought together international stakeholders from policy, industry, research, and civil society. Among the esteemed participants was AWIMA Vice President, Zenzi Awases,  who participated as a panelist.

This year’s conference centered around the theme “Rethinking Value,” aiming to place global resource use at the heart of systemic change. The goal was to develop collaborative strategies to address the triple planetary crisis and promote well-being within planetary boundaries. The conference tracks included:

  • Sufficiency: Transitioning from a consumer society to a sufficient society.
  • Value Chains: Shifting from extractive to regenerative value chains.
  • Digitalization: Moving from growth-centric to purpose-driven digitalization.

Sir Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel, emphasized the significance of the forum, stating, “The WRF is the right place to be for all who care about the future of humanity.”

On the last day of WRF23, a notable plenary session, “Transforming Mineral and Metal Value Chains for Enhanced Sustainability,” took place. This session was a joint event with UNEP, highlighting innovative proposals and solutions to enhance environmental sustainability in mineral and metal value chains. The 90-minute session included presentations and a moderated panel debate, focusing on the results of regional consultations and showcasing leadership from various stakeholder groups.

The session aimed to:

  • Highlight innovative proposals, good practices, and solutions for environmental sustainability in mineral and metal value chains.
  • Provide a multi-stakeholder perspective with participants from policy, industry, and civil society discussing lessons learned and consensus on the way forward.

Zenzi Awases contributed valuable insights alongside other distinguished panelists:

  • Mr. Aidan Davy, COO, International Council on Mining and Metals  

  • Ms. Inga Petersen, Executive Director, Global Battery Alliance  

  • Ms. Zenzi Awases, Association of Women in Mining in Africa  

  • Dr. Paul Ekins, IRP Panel Member  

  • Ms. Gabriela Encina Vera, Chief of Sustainable Development Division, Ministry of Mining, Chile  

  • Ms. Khadija Drame, Deputy Coordinator of Legal Affairs Unit, Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal  

  • Mr. Teodorico Sandoval, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Philippines  

The forum concluded with a strong emphasis on the need for collaborative efforts to achieve sustainable transformation in resource management. Participants left with renewed commitment and actionable strategies, ready to implement the insights gained from WRF23.

For more information and to view the full recording of the event, visit the WRF website.

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