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UNESCO Lecture Series – Mineral extraction and communities

16th February 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Minerals and other Earth materials are a key component in the development of a sustainable global society, providing essential raw materials for technologies and economic growth while respecting the natural world.

The UNESCO, in collaboration with IUGS and iCRAG, is organising a series of virtual lectures entitled “Earth Materials for a Sustainable and Thriving Society”. The International Raw Materials Observatory is supporting this event as a media partner.

The lectures take place between Tuesday, January 26, 2021 and Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Session: Mineral extraction and communities – 16 February 2021

Start time: 06.00 (Vancouver) * 09.00 (Toronto, Lima) * 14.00 (London) * 15.00 (Paris, Lagos) * 16.00 (Johannesburg) * 17.00 (Nairobi) * 19.30 (Mumbai) * 20.00 (Dhaka) * 22.00 (Beijing) * 23.00 (Tokyo) * 01.00+1 (Sydney)


  • Dr Rajiv Maher, Research Professor, EGADE Business School del Technológico de Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Dr Melba Kapesa Wasunna, External Affairs Manager, Base Titanium Ltd., Kenya.

Regulation of the mining sector; mining and local communities in the context of Latin America and Africa

  • Social justice and sustainability: the challenge of social acceptance and license
  • The importance of governance: Regulation and oversight of mining operations
  • Case studies and best practices


16th February 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm