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Seminar on mine tailings safety in the UNECE region and beyond

01 December 2020 10:00 - 12:00

Online meeting

A full report of the meeting is available in English and Russian

The seminar on mine tailings safety in the UNECE region and beyond took place as an online event on 1 December 2020 from 9:30 – 12:30 CET, with English and Russian interpretation, via the web conferencing platform “KUDO”. Only registered participants can join the meeting. Please register for the event here: before 30 November 2020.

The seminar is organized as an accompanying event of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (COP-11, Geneva and online, 7-9 December 2020).This online seminar aims to strengthen mine tailings safety and provide support to countries in the implementation of the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention, by increasing awareness of the Convention’s role and collecting input for its future work on mine tailings. It aims to build on the global debate on mineral resource governance and sustainable infrastructure, focusing on support for operational and implementation activities as well as legal instruments and existing tools and guidance.

The seminar will offer a platform to the Parties to the Convention and other stakeholders to discuss actions to take by the Parties to the Convention, beneficiaries of its Assistance and Cooperation Programme, and other interested countries, aiming to strengthen tailings safety. Participants are encouraged to consult the following documents in advance of the seminar.

  • Draft decision: In view of the envisaged adoption of a draft decision on strengthening mine tailings safety in the UNECE region and beyond (updated draft decision for the session ECE/CP.TEIA/2020/L.1 based on the original draft ECE/CP.TEIA/2020/3, in ENG and RU) by CoP-11 all Parties non-Parties and partners are encouraged to participate in the seminar. The seminar will also provide an opportunity to discuss the actions proposed in the updated draft decision.
  • Background document: More background information on the safe management of mine tailings and the reasoning for the draft Decision can be found in the background document here in ENG and RU (ECE/CP.TEIA/2020/2). Participants are encouraged to consult the above documents in advance of the seminar.

A flyer of the event containing further background and the seminar programme is available in English here and in Russian here

More information about CoP-11, including its agenda and all official documents, is available on the CoP-11 webpage.


Moderation by Ms. Torill Tandberg, Norway, Chairperson of the Industrial Accidents Convention and Mr. Michael Struckl, Austria, Vice-Chairperson of the Industrial Accidents Convention.

A recording of the seminar is available here.

Session 1: Setting the scene in the area of mine tailing safety at the UNECE and at the global level

Session 2: Experiences and lessons learned from the application of the safety guidelines and methodologies for improving tailings safety in UNECE countries

Session 3: Experiences, lessons learned and proposed actions for safe management of mine tailings from stakeholders and countries in and beyond the UNECE region

Session 4: Proposed actions to strengthen mine tailings safety in the UNECE region and beyond by the Industrial Accidents Convention

Seminar conclusions