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United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) -
a universally acceptable and internationally applicable scheme for the sustainable management of all energy and mineral resources.

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Overview of UNFC and EGRM

UNFC across resources

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UNECE Resource Management Week 2023

The UNECE Resource Management Week 2023 “Assuring sustainability in resource management”, including the 14th session of the Expert Group on Resource Management (EGRM-14) will be held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 25-28 April 2023.

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United Nations Resource Management System: Principles and Requirements

The multifaceted requirements of sustainable development depend primarily on the optimal and responsible use of natural resources. A new paradigm of natural resource production and use, including progressing towards a circular economy, is required to realise the need for the balanced development of natural resources. The United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) is a comprehensive, sustainable natural resource management framework that supports the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNRMS is based on the globally accepted United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC), which has incorporated a unique methodology of assessing resources through the triple lenses of environmental-social-economic viability, technical feasibility and confidence in estimates. UNRMS is a voluntary global standard for sustainable integrated resource management within the framework of public, public-private and civil society partnerships.

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UNFC Geothermal Specifications updated

The United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) is a globally applicable standard for classifying resources. It provides a common language for describing resources, facilitating their efficient and effective management. The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations has unanimously endorsed the Framework.  To facilitate uptake of UNFC to geothermal energy, UNECE and the International Geothermal Association (IGA) have cooperated since 2014 to apply UNFC to geothermal resources. The most recent result of this cooperation is the development of Updated Specifications for Application of UNFC to Geothermal Energy Resources by the UNFC Ad Hoc Committee of IGA.

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Upcoming Events

25 - 28 April

Palais des Nations

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14 - 16 November

Almaty Kazakh-British Technical University Kazakhstan

25 October

Hybrid format: online and Room XXII, Building E, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

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