The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) will host the International Raw Materials Conference "Assuming Responsibility - Promoting Sustainability in the Raw Materials Sector" together with the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Berlin from 10 to 11 November 2015.
Sustaining and strengthening local livelihoods is one of the most fundamental challenges faced by post-conflict countries. By degrading the natural resources that are essential to livelihoods and by significantly hindering access to those resources, conflict can wreak havoc on the ability of war-torn populations to survive and recover.
Natural resources often lie at the heart of wars and civil strife. Global trends such as population growth, climate change and environmental degradation place a significant, and often unsustainable pressure on the natural resource base, such as minerals, land and water. Good governance of natural resources and environmental protection are seen as key ingredients for peace and post-conflict development. This international academic conference will focus on the role of natural resources in preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict.
This research paper takes as its starting point the idea that neither conflict nor peace is an inevitable consequence of resource development in fragile or conflict-affected settings.
La Buena Vida- The Good Life (2015) tells the story of the small community Tamaquito in Guajíra, Columbia resisting the relocation plans of a coal mining company.
The report ‘Securing Water, Sustaining Growth’ draws on research led by the University of Oxford and analyses the links between investment in water management and economic development in river basins worldwide. It was written by an international Task Force of academics, researchers and practitioners that was established by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The Conference will bring 250-300 leading researchers, early career scholars and policy experts from around the world to the Australian National University to engage in discussions on critical issues in social science governance research on the environment and sustainable development.
The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, for consideration and adoption, the draft outcome document of the Conference as approved by its Preparatory Committee at the 3rd resumed meeting of its final meeting, on 11 July 2014.
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