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18 June, 2019: Voices from the Mine

World Council of Peoples for the United Nations is pleased to collaborate with the United Nations Department of Global Communications (DGC), the International Labour Organization (ILO),  and University of Bath to hold the briefing:

“Voices from the Mine: Exploring Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 and Decent Work in the Informal Mining Sector”

Date: Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Time: 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Conference room 2, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required by Friday, 14:00: RSVP

Voices From The Mine FlyerAbout the event: This session will begin with the presentation of a new 33 minute documentary film, Voices from the mine: Artisanal diamonds and resource governance in Sierra Leone, by Roy Maconachie from the University of Bath’s Centre for Development Studies. Coinciding with the Centennial of the International Labour Organization, this presentation at the United Nations will examine challenges of achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth, through the lens of the artisanal mining sector, in a conversation with the film’s Director, Representatives of the United Nations, the World Bank, experts in extractive industries and socio-environmental conflicts, as well as leaders in responsible sourcing, moderated by the Director of the International Labour Organisation’s United Nations New York Office.  About the film: Diamond mining is Sierra Leone’s most lucrative export industry, with annual production of up to $US 250 million. But due to the challenges associated with the informal and unregulated nature of the artisanal mining sector, only a fraction of this wealth returns to the areas where diamonds are mined. While international traders reap vast rewards, for those in the mining pits, poverty and hardship remain. Based on two years of fieldwork in Kono District in Sierra Leone, Voices from the mine: Artisanal diamonds and resource governance in Sierra Leone, follows the pathway of artisanal diamonds from mine to market, offers an insider’s perspective of the challenges of formalizing the sector, and explores why exploitation continues to persist at the bottom of the chain. Offering testimony from a wide range of stakeholders both in Sierra Leone and Antwerp, Belgium, one of the world’s oldest and most established diamond trading hubs, the governance challenges in artisanal mining are critically explored.