- Washington, DC (December 6 & 7) – Dr. Kevin Telmer, Dr. Linda McGrew, and Peter Rosenbluth were key participants in the Global Opportunities for Long-term Development in the ASGM Sector Event. This event brought together players in ASGM, including governments, agencies, NGOs, and the private sector, and included a keynote address from Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
- Jakarta, Indonesia (November 17, 2016) – The AGC Project Sustainable Development of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) in Indonesia held its 1st Steering Committee Meeting.
- Jakarta, Indonesia (November 2 – 4, 2016) – Richard Gutierrez will be a Keynote Speaker at this international conference entitled Community mining in Indonesia: Minimising harm, maximising benefits. Attendees include national and international experts from government, university, industry and NGO sectors, gathering to share their understanding of community mining in Indonesia. The presentation was titled: The Importance of Formal Gold Markets and the Reduction of Mercury Use in the Development of the Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining Sector.
- Lima, Peru (October 24 & 25, 2016) – Dr. Kevin Telmer will be moderating a panel discussion entitled Small and Artisanal Miners: Who are they and are they looking for investment? at the Latin America Mining & Investment Summit.
- Kingston, Jamaica (October 18 & 19, 2016) – Dr. Arnaldo Sanchez was invited by the Pan American and World Health Organizations to participate in a gathering of experts discussing the Health Sector in the Implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. His presentation is titled ASGM Public Heath Strategies: Possible Scenarios.
- Singapore (October 16 – 18, 2016) – Dr. Kevin Telmer will be speaking to the topic of Responsible Artisanal Gold at the 2016 London Bullion Market Association / London Platinum and Palladium Market Precious Metals Conference; LBMA/LPPM Precious Metals Conference.
- Washington, D.C. (September 28 – 30, 2016) – Dr. Kevin Telmer travels to be a special guest at the DC ASGM Roundtable Discussion hosted by NRDC, (presentation available here) and at an ASGM discussion hosted by US Department of State, International Labour Organization, and the US Department of Labor (presentation here).
- Entebbe, Uganda (September 15 & 16, 2016) – Eric Negulic of the AGC presented on general ASGM inventory methodologies and the process of developing country-specific ASGM inventories at the workshop on regional mercury trade and ASGM mercury inventories put on by COWI and the World Bank.
- Victoria, British Columbia (August 30, 2016) – AGC hosted a coordination meeting with Jane Dennison (USDOS) and Kirsten Dales (CIRDI) at AGC HQ. Potential future collaborations that build on past work were discussed.
- Dr. Telmer attended the OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains in May click here for more info
- Dr. Telmer was a key speaker at the AGC Summit in the Philippines in April check out the storify
ZMWG Press Release (March 9th, 2016)
Amman, Jordan: Despite progress, global mercury agreement undermined by uncontrolled production and trade. Groups ask governments to fast track ratification, early implementation of Minamata Treaty. Read more here.
AGC attended the EITI’s 7th Global Conference in Lima (February 24-25, 2016)
To read more click here
Hugh Stephens joins AGC Board (February 2016)
Hugh Stephens has been appointed to the board of directors of the Artisanal Gold Council. Hugh is currently Vice Chair of the Canadian Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation (CANCPEC), Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, and an associate faculty member in the School of Business at Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC
New York, N.Y. – (December 11, 2015) – AGC was content creator and co-organizer of the Artisanal Gold Investment Models Workshop held to inform investors and the downstream gold sector on the opportunities to build businesses in the ASGM sector and encourage greater private sector engagement, along with NRDC, US Department of State and RESOLVE – link
AGC at the 2015 Health in the implementation of the Minamata Convention (October 20, 2015)
The Minamata Convention calls for countries to implement national public health strategies as part of their national action plans. The Uruguayan Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation co-hosted a workshop addressing this in Montevideo, Uruguay October 7-8, 2015. The energy among participants were representatives from the ministries of health from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela was palpable. Heidi Monk presented AGC’s work with artisanal and small-scale gold miners. The workshop was part of a larger strategy to engage ministries of health in the implementation of the Minamata Convention.
Read our new blog post about creating national public health strategies for ASGM in Latin America here.
AGC releases Guide for mercury inventory (October 15, 2015)
The Artisanal Gold Council releases the first version of its mercury inventory guide “Developing Baseline Estimates of Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining Communities: A Practical Guide.”
The guide is an educational and training document that can be used as a practical introduction to conducting baseline estimates of mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities. The guide has been designed to assist governments, civil-society organizations and the private sector in carrying out mercury inventories in ASGM communities, with the primary purpose of providing the baseline needed to measure progress in transitioning away from mercury use. This guide is designed to supplement already existing documents by showing practical field methods that can easily be implemented by a wide variety of stakeholders.
Available for download (PDF) in English
(September 30, 2015)
Artisanal Gold Council is working with artisanal gold miners in Peru to improve practices and facilitate the production of responsible artisanal gold. Miners and local governments are equally enthusiastic about this transition. This short video demonstrates artisanal gold miners extracting and processing ore from colluvial mine sites in the Apurimac Region of the Peruvian Andes. To watch the video, please click here.
AGC Press Releases (August 7, 2015)
Senegal: Artisanal Gold Council establishes miner operated mercury free processing system and training centre in Senegal (English)
Burkina Faso: Artisanal Gold Council delivers responsible mercury free artisanal gold from its pilot processing plant in Burkina Faso to the international market (English)
AGC project updates: Burkina Faso and Senegal (May 14, 2015)
The AGC has made significant progress toward improving the ASGM sectors of Burkina Faso and Senegal throughout 2014, and continue to carry this momentum forward in 2015. Project updates highlighting recent accomplishments are now available for both countries in English and French.
AGC releases health training textbook (May 13, 2015)
The textbook is designed for instructors and health professionals to convey key information concerning the communities involved in the broad area of artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASM). Although some health problems are similar to those of the general population members, ASM communities have their own diseases due to their work. The textbook is divided into five chapters, allowing users to concentrate on particular areas of interest.
Available for download (PDF) in French.
May 2015: AGC presents at the OECD forum on Responsible Supply Chains (May 12, 2015)
The agenda and Participants is available for download (PDF) here.
AGC’s presentation on the 2kg business Model on the session “Financing models for responsible artisanal and small-scale mining and development of market-oriented activities” is available for download (PDF) in English.
Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Forum 2015 (April 13, 2015)
The Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) will participate in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Forum on Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining and the Minamata Convention on Mercury, held in Dar Es Salaam from the 14-16th of April, 2015.
The forum focus on the issue of mercury reduction in the ASGM sector to comply with the Minamata Convention on Mercury. A large focus is the creation of National Action Plans (NAPs) and their obligations under the convention. The forum is an opportunity for the AGC to continue its involvement in assisting with implementing the Minamata Convention with regards to the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) sector.
Other participants include 9 African Governments, World Bank Group, UNIDO, UNEP, the US Department of State and other civil society organizations such as NRDC.
ASGM Guidance and Honduras Presentation (Feb. 2015)
Available for download (PDF) in English
Presentation on Responsible Artisanal Gold Mining Sector
Our Board of Director member, Paul Schure, gave a presentation on “Responsible Artisanal Gold Mining Sector” at the Towards Responsible and “Conflict-Free” Mineral Supply Chains in the Great Lakes Region of Africa conference in association with PAC (Partnership Africa Canada), held in Ottawa on June 26.
Presentation on Améliorer le Secteur Artisanal de l’Or de la RDC par la Réduction de l’Utilisation de Mercure comme Point d’Entrée
Our Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Telmer, gave a presentation on “Améliorer le Secteur Artisanal de l’Or de la RDC par la Réduction de l’Utilisation de Mercure comme Point d’Entrée” as part of a workshop in association with the World Bank and PROMINES, held in Kinshasa on May 2nd.
AGC on University of Victoria newsletter
On the cover of World@UVIC. The AGC was profiled for this University of Victoria newsletter. Highlighting the work of Professor Kevin Telmer, Post Doctoral Fellow Paleah Moher, Ph.D. Candidate Ricardo Rossin and M.A. Candidate Anthony Persaud in the reduction of mercury use in the ASGM. You can find the newsletter here.
Poster Presentation on AGC and Universities
University of Victoria (UVic) economic co-op student Nevena Boskovic presented a poster highlighting the connections between AGC and universities, in finding solutions for sustainable small scale mining, at the CUVIC 2014 community-university engagement conference this May in Victoria.
The AGC delivers a Master Class at the Dubai Precious Metals Conference 2014 held on April 6-7. Our Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Telmer, gave a presentation on “Doing Business with the Small and Artisanal Gold Mining Sector Responsibly”, focusing on buying ASM gold while reducing mercury use, improving environmental performance, reducing poverty, creating jobs and economic diversity.
Presentation available for download (PDF) in English
Mercury Free System and Training Centre for Artisanal Gold Miners
The Artisanal Gold Council has taken a major step forward in its efforts to improve the environmental and health conditions of artisanal and small-scale gold miners in Burkina Faso with the establishment of a pilot mercury-free gold processing system and training centre. Read more here.
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Presentation to the OECD webinar
The Artisanal Gold Council, in collaboration with the University of Victoria, Partnership Africa Canada and PAMP, presents to the OECD webinar to discuss the development of an ASM sourcing tool that aims to maximize the visibility of the ASM supply chain while complying with OECD Due Diligence requirements.
Presentation to LBMA/LPPM Precious Metals Conference 2013
The Artisanal Gold Council delivers a new Socially Responsible Investment concept at the LBMA/LPPM Precious Metals Conference 2013 held in Rome 29 September – 1 October. In the Responsible Gold Forum hosted by RJC and LBMA, executive director, Dr. Kevin Telmer, presented “the Artisanal Gold ETF”, a socially responsible investment vehicle to support sustainable development in artisanal gold mining communities. See more on our Artisanal Gold Fund page.
Technical Guidance on Mercury in the ASGM
AGC, UNIDO, and UNEP launch the Spanish version of technical guidance document on mercury in the ASGM entitled: Guía Práctica: Reducción del uso de mercurio en la minería de oro artesanal y de pequeña escala
September 2013 – The AGC will be participating and leading two of the sessions at the Second Global Forum on Artisanal and Small Scale Mining to be held from 3-5 September 2013 in Lima, Peru. Myrianne Richard will be moderating and presenting at the session “Health Issues Related to ASGM” Anthony Persaud will be leading as well as presenting at the session “Importance of Inventory Development”. For more information please visit the UNEP website.
August 2013 – A new on-line tool is available! The AGC launches a new health website – Artisanal Mining Health – where people can access information on health related projects in ASM across the globe, network, and share resources. The “map my project” feature allows you to add a past or present project to our database and see it on our interactive map
July 2013 – Reducing Mercury Use in Nicaragua’s Prosperous Artisanal Gold Mines. A growing artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector (ASGM), budding collaboration between the formal gold mining sector and the informal sector, and unfortunate but avoidable mercury use is the current picture of Nicaragua’s gold mining sector. The Artisanal Gold Council, in collaboration with government and local partners and through the support of the United States Department of State, will now begin work in the region to assist in the reduction of mercury use and the improvement of community health and governance.
July 2013 – The Artisanal Gold Council will attend and lead various special sessions on ASGM at the 11th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) in July 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Kevin Telmer and Dr. Marcello Veiga will chair 2 sessions on the technical and environmental approaches of ASGM and Dr. Paleah Black Moher will chair a session on the health concerns and solutions associated with ASGM. We will also host a special display for the public on Sunday July 28th, so please come and visit us (more information here)
July 2013 – the AGC participated in the first Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Hub Webinar organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Secretariat and Interim Governance Group on Due Diligence for Responsible Supply Chains. The Webinar was highlighted by presentations from Juan Guillermo Castro, National Agency of Mining, Colombia and Patrick Schein, Board Member, Alliance for Responsible Mining. The discussion was facilitated by Dr.Kevin Telmer, Executive Director of the Artisanal Gold Council.
June 2013 – An updated Technical Global Background Report for the Global Mercury Assessment 2013 has been published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). Dr. Kevin Telmer of the Artisanal Gold Council is a lead author and contributor. A key point within this report is the identification of artisanal and small-scale gold mining as the single largest source of anthropogenic mercury emissions to the environment.
May 2013 – The AGC provided an in-depth 2-day training session to key stakeholders in the Ivory Coast. Participants were trained on ASGM inventories and the National Action Plan according to the Minamata Convention guidelines. This ongoing project will engage with local partners who will use it to conduct a national inventory of ASGM activities under the direction of the AGC.
May 2013 – The AGC visits Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, and Burkina Faso to launch our mercury-free technology and national action plan training in Francophone West Africa, facilitated by our AGC-UNIDO-UNEP technical guidance documents.
May 2013 – The AGC attended meetings in Paris to provide expertise and field experience to the OECD’s Due Diligence on Gold, an agreement that will have a significant impact on ASGM gold miners all over the globe.
April 2013 – The Artisanal Gold Council visits Nicaragua in to assess the ASGM sector and develop a future project to improve the sector.
March 2013 – The AGC 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.
January 2013 – The AGC participated in the fifth and final session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC5) in Geneva, where the text was agreed upon for the Minamata Convention (available here), a global legally binding instrument on mercury which will have a large impact on global ASGM.
December 2012 – The Artisanal Gold Council provided a series of mercury reduction and mercury-free technology training sessions to artisanal gold miners in Ghana with Solidaridad.
November – December 2012 – The AGC visits Senegal and Burkina Faso in to continue activities in Francophone West Africa.
November 2012 – The AGC along with UNEP and UNIDO is proud to announce the completion of the French version of our technical guidance document: Guide Pratique: Réduire l’utilisation du mercure dans le secteur de l’orpaillage et de l’exploitation minière artisanale.
November 2012 – The Artisanal Gold Council was consulted on the development of the OECD’s Gold Supplement for Due Diligence on Supply Chains in Paris in November 2012. See the document here.
September 2012 – AGC participates in the fourth Partnership Advisory Group Meeting of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership in Rome.
June 2012 – Kevin Telmer, Director of the AGC, gave the keynote speech during main plenary at the World Bank Mining Forum in Cameroon. He also lead a workshop for over 200 attendees from Civil Society Organizations. See Presentation.
June 2012 – The AGC was in attendance at the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on Mercury. (INC4) was held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, from June 27th to July 2nd, 2012.
October 2011 – The AGC participated in the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC3), held in Nairobi.
August 2011 – AGC and the International Union of Geosciences Commission on Geosciences for Environmental Managament hold workshop in in Namibia.
April 2011 – The AGC invites you to join them at the Gold, Substance, Significance and Symbol conference in New York City from April 7-9, 2011. The conference will explore gold from mine to market, goldsmith to mint.
February 2011 – The AGC is attending the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) meeting held in Paris. AGC will attend the Pre-conference meeting on Transparency, Certification and Artisanal Mining, being hosted by the World Bank.
January 2011 – The AGC participated in the second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC2), held in Chiba Japan.
December 2010 – The AGC is on the steering committee for the UNEP Global Forum on Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining – which was held in the Philippines.
October 2010 – The AGC visited ASM sites in Ghana and Tanzania. Field assessments were conducted and local partnerships were established (projects details available on this site). A presentation was given by AGC director Kevin Telmer.
September 2010 – Artisanal Gold Coins now available for sale. Minted by artisans on Lasqueti Island, proceeds from the sale of this one ounce gold coin will fund AGC projects. Help support the AGC’s mission and contribute to the Artisanal Gold Fund.
June 2010 – AGC participated in the United Nation’s first session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC1) to prepare a forthcoming Global Mercury Treaty.
March 2010 – Kevin Telmer attended the SAICM Meeting in Siem Riep, Cambodia, on behalf of the AGC. The meeting was hosted by UNEP and focused on National Strategic Plans for responsible ASGM Development in Asia.
October 2009 – Presentation on ASGM to the UNEP Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) Meeting focused on the development of a Global Mercury treaty, delivered.
February 2009 – Presentation on Canada’s potential role on reducing mercury in ASGM within the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) Global Mercury Partnership, and the global legally binding instrument on mercury. This presentation was delivered to Canadian governmental agencies.