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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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SGU Webinar 06.09.2021

SGU Webinar on UNFC
6 September 2021

10:00-15:30 CEST
Stockholm, Sweden

The Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) and the Swedish innovation agency VINNOVA, are hosting a webinar introducing the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) and the United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS).  The webinar comprises short talks, aiming to give participants an introduction to the classification and management of resources, connection to the circular economy, case studies in a number of areas of application (e.g., groundwater, mineral resources, tailings, aggregates and renewable energy) and the connection to traceability of material flows and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The webinar is free of charge and will be held in English only. For more information and/or to register, please visit the SGU website.


Transforming Extractive Industries for Sustainable Development

Currently, mineral resource extraction plays a dominant role in the economies of 81 countries that account for a quarter of global GDP. The COVID-19 pandemic caused an extraordinary socioeconomic crisis throughout the world, resulting in a 4.3 per cent contraction of world GDP. As our world moves toward an uneven and partial recovery, failure to transition to more sustainable systems will generate stranded assets, perpetuate vulnerabilities, jeopardize the fight against climate change and threaten human well-being. Transforming extractive industries must be part of the solution.

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New Publication: United Nations Resource Management System: An overview of concepts, objectives and requirements

The multifaceted requirements of sustainable development are primarily dependent on the optimal and responsible use of natural resources.  A new paradigm of optimising resource efficiency and progressing towards a circular economy is required to realise the need for balanced development of natural resources. The United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) is being designed as a unifying framework for the integrated management of resources.  

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