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UN-led panel aims to tackle abuses linked to mining for ‘critical minerals

A UN-led panel of nearly 100 countries is to draw up new guidelines to prevent some of the environmental damage and human rights abuses associated with mining for “critical minerals”. Mining for some of the key raw materials used in low-carbon technology, such as solar panels and electric vehicles, has been associated with human rights abuses, child labour and violence, as well as grave environmental damage. Cobalt mining, for instance, has led to an upsurge in illegal labour and human rights violations, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Copper mining has also led to severe pollution and environmental damage in some regions.



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  • Jane Wangui

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    This is quite a great step toward ensuring the protection of the environment and everything in it.

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    • walter lungayi

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      Establishing oversight and accountability mechanisms is essential to ensure ethical and responsible extraction of minerals vital for emerging technologies.

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      • We Don't Have Time

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        • Kevin

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          A huge accomplishment for the UN

          • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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            This is a commendable step by UN.

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            • winnie nguru

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              It is very crucial that the UN actually does this to save biodiversity

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              • johnte ndeto

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                This UN-led effort is like a compass guiding us towards a future where the benefits of technology aren't tarnished by the shadows of exploitation and environmental harm.

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                • Gorffly mokua

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                  This is an important step in ensuring that the production of critical minerals is both sustainable & socially responsible!

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                  • Saustine Lusanzu

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                    This is a big step for the UN , It is time to ensure the new guidelines serve as a way to Life prosperity and Human right protection!

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                    • Gorffly mokua

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                      @saustine_lusanzu I agree, the UN's new guidelines are a significant development that can help promote life prosperity and protect human rights👏💚

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                    • George Kariuki

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                      This is a crucial step towards ensuring that our pursuit of sustainable technologies aligns with ethical and environmental considerations. 🌍💚

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                      • Gorffly mokua

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                        @george_kariuki Absolutely!💯💚

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                        • Grace Njeri

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                          @george_kariuki Green technology implementation plays a pivotal role in the pursuit of environmental sustainability

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