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Environment and
Human Rights into
the Governance of
the Mining Sector



Swedish Environmental UNDP Bureau for Policy and PROTECTION AGENCY - UNITED NATIONS
Protection Agency Programme Support
Valhallavägen 195 304 East 45th Street
SE-106 48 Stockholm  New York, NY 10017 
In Mongolia, two landmark studies on the rule-of-law and
legality in the governance of mining were conducted, which have
informed the drafting of stronger mining laws and regulations:
the Law of Offences, the Mineral Law, and the Environmental
Impact Assessment Regulation.

In Colombia, an assessment of the degree to which government

institutions adhere to procedural rights related to the
environment has been conducted. It will be used to inform the
country’s future strategy for the Environmental Management of
the Colombian Mining Energy Sector and an early warning

In Mozambique, a compendium of Good Practices for Women

and Mining in Mozambique was developed with UN Women. In
collaboration with OXFAM, a training on Free Prior and Informed
Consent was conducted for civil society members from across
four regional provinces.
In Kenya, for the first time, a Strategic Environmental and Social
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Swedish • Connect countries to the expertise needed to tackle complex
Assessment (SESA) of the mining sector has been conducted. A
EPA) and the United Nations Development Programme challenges and leverage new opportunities in the
cross-sector coordination mechanism with representatives from
(UNDP) launched the Environmental Governance environmental governance of the mining sector.
the ministries of mining and environment, civil society
Programme (EGP) for Sustainable Natural Resource • Facilitate global, regional, and country knowledge exchange
organizations, and the national human rights commission was
Management, focusing on the mining sector, in 2014.  through:
created to oversee this work.
- peer-to-peer learning events between the Swedish EPA and
The programme draws upon the combined governance, national government partners;
environmental and extractive sector expertise of the two - the on-line Community of Practice platform; and
agencies and their partners. - webinars and other South-South and triangular learning
Using the nexus between the environment and human rights • Conduct diagnostics that inform policy reforms and help to
as a lens, the EGP takes an integrated approach to integrate environment, gender, human rights, and rule-of-law
sustainable natural resource management, that focuses on in mining governance.
addressing drivers of conflict, environmental degradation, • Strengthen inter-ministerial and cross-sectoral coordination
inequality, exclusion, and poverty simultaneously. mechanisms that recognize the roles of different authorities
involved in governing the mining sector.
The EGP provides targeted support to four countries: • Facilitate and strengthen in-country platforms for multi-
Colombia, Kenya, Mongolia, and Mozambique. The stakeholder dialogue and engagement.
programme also works at the global and regional level to • Synthesize and share country experiences and global
support the exchange of innovative policy approaches expertise through technical studies and guidance notes on
within and across countries and regions. cutting-edge issues of environmental governance of the
mining sector.
The EGP is fully funded by the Swedish International • Advance the global dialogue on the nexus between human
Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).  rights, environmental sustainability, and conflict prevention.