Big Solutions at the Small-scale: The Artisanal Gold Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the opportunities, environment, and health of the millions of people involved in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining in the developing world, and in doing so, improving the global gold sector.
The advanced text of the UNEP Minamata Convention is now available. Article 7 of this mercury treaty specifically outlines the use of mercury within artisanal and small-scale gold mining, and may have a large impact on gold miners and nations who host them around the globe.
The Artisanal Gold Council visits Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso in May 2013 to launch our mercury-free technology training programming and continue our ASGM improvement activities in Francophone West Africa. Our AGC-UNIDO-UNEP technical guidance documents greatly facilitated the training.
The Artisanal Gold Council provides expertise and field experience to the OECD's Due Diligence on Gold meetings in Paris in May 2013. The outcome of this agreement will have a significant impact on ASGM gold miners all over the globe.
The Artisanal Gold Council visits Nicaragua in April 2013 to assess the ASGM sector and develop a future project to improve the sector.
The Artisanal Gold Council provided expertise to a panel discussion on "Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining – Lessons from the Past and Present for the Future" at the Prospectors and Developers Association Canada (PDAC) in Toronto, March 2013.
The Artisanal Gold Council participated in the fifth and final session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC5) to successfully complete the text for the "Minamata Treaty", a global legally binding instrument on mercury, in Geneva Switzerland from 13 to 19 January 2013.
The Artisanal Gold Council provided a series of mercury reduction and mercury-free technology training sessions to artisanal gold miners in Ghana with Solidaridad in December 2012.
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