Agenda subject to change
In the opening interview-style session, two women artisanal gold miners from the Great Lakes region of Africa will share how the management of natural resources and high-value commodities shape their everyday realities in a context where security and human rights are at risk. They’ll reflect on how this natural resource wealth is linked to conflict and its gendered implications—and how it can support peacebuilding, development, and women’s economic empowerment.
Panelists will provide an overview of the current political and regulatory landscape and tools available to lawmakers to support natural resource management. They’ll discuss the limitations that come with these laws and frameworks, as well as opportunities for supporting local communities and ensuring their natural resources improve sustainable development, gender equality, and contribute to peace.
Panelists will examine the impact of climate change on communities and natural resources and its potential to have a multiplier effect on conflict. Panelists will specifically discuss how people of different genders, ethnicities, and classes stand to be affected by climate change and scarcity of resources. The session will also examine what opportunities exist to support local communities to move towards environmental peacebuilding by looking at examples of how they are adapting to these challenges.
The session will focus on sharing current responsible sourcing practices for natural resources—and the challenges that exist for different actors in the supply chain who are trying to support improved security, sustainable development, and women’s economic empowerment in local communities. The session will start at the upstream—sharing experiences from artisanal mine sites—to private sector actors of different sizes working to implement ethical, environmentally-friendly, and conflict-free practices into their supply chains.
Through a series of lightning sessions, panelists will present innovative approaches that are being developed and tested to support local communities in mobilizing to transform how their natural resources are managed in areas where security and human rights are at risk.
Ending in an interview-style session, two women artisanal gold miners will share their reflections on the day’s conference. Their reflections will bring all participants back to how the discussion impacts the local artisanal mining community in their country, and other communities dependent on natural resources.
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