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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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ECOSOC endorses UNRMS, paving the way for the implementation of sustainable resource management principles worldwide

A milestone for advancing sustainable resource management worldwide has been reached with the endorsement of the United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). UNRMS is a set of principles and requirements that guide the planning, design, operation and closure of resource extraction and processing activities to balance economic development, environmental sustainability and social responsibility in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The endorsement by ECOSOC opens the way for global application of UNRMS, recognizing its potential to help countries and companies manage natural resources sustainably. 

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This document “Guidance for the Application of the United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC) for Mineral and Anthropogenic Resources in Europe" will assist regional and national authorities to establish and maintain a Project inventory of primary and secondary raw materials Projects in Europe. The inventory will be based on the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources. The inventory will cover Projects that aim at the recovering of mineral raw materials from geological occurrences in the earth crust (geogenic resources) and from extractive industry residues such as tailings, stockpiles, and waste rocks (anthropogenic resources).

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