Natural environment  |  Events  |  06.11.2012

A Global Governance for Raw Materials. New Approaches for New Challenges

This event, organised by the Heinrich Boell Stiftung, discusses a new study focusing on raw materials, which underlines the need for an international resource politics and proposes a range of new global governance initiatives.

DATE: Tuesday, 6 November 2012, 13.00 - 15.00
VENUE: Room ASP 5 E 1, European Parliament, Brussels

Natural resources are back on the agenda. After the rise of new economic powers such as China, India and Brazil, global competition has perceptibly increased strategic concerns as regards high commodity prices and possible supply shortages. Many countries are formulating new raw materials strategies intended to secure access to scarce resources. In this context, discussing a global governance for raw materials becomes ever more relevant.

The study will be available for download on this website, after it is launched.

Draft agenda

  • Welcome by MEP Reinhard Bütikofer, Vice-President of the Greens/EFA and Rapporteur on the European Parliament's Raw Materials Report
  • Introduction by Barbara Unmüßig, Co-President of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin
  • Presentation by Dr Raimund Bleischwitz, Co-Director of the Research Group on Material Flows and Resource Management at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
  • Comments by John Schonenberger, Chief Executive of the European Copper Institute
  • Comments by Dr Obadiah Mailafia, Head of Cabinet of the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)
  • Concluding remarks by MEP Reinhard Bütikofer