IGF2010. UNCTAD closing statement. ° UNCTAD believes that the main achievement of this session of the Forum was that members finalized the Mining Policy Framework that will be tabled in the course of CSD 19. We consider it as a very good comprehensive approach framework for the good governance in mining sector. The Forum also defined its strategy to be an active participant in the mining discussions of the CSD 19. ° We noticed more observer countries attending the Forum this time. The presence of observer countries - France, Germany, Panama, Portugal and Turkey indicated the growing interest of the countries in the work of the Forum. Of particular value was the presence of the Vice Chair of the CSD 19 His Excellency Ambassador Andrew Goledzinowski, as well as of David Leblanc from UN DESA. Their participation underlined the linkages between the Forum and organizations of the UN system. ° In course of this session the WEF held, jointly with the Forum, the Workshop on the Mineral Development Initiative. This workshop is the other indication of the growing recognition of the role of the IGF in the global mining policy debate. ° An important decision of the Forum was the creation of the Committee to expand the number of organizations that may decide to provide future support to the Forum. ° Overall, UNCTAD sees this session of the Forum a s a success and the further step towards better mining policies and practices. As required by its terms of reference, the members discussed the future of the Forum. They reviewed the recent experience, objectives, structure, functions, funding and work priorities. Having analyzes the usefulness of the Forum the members have concluded that the forum must continue. UNCTAD is pleased to hear that the Terms of Reference of the IGF were extended for another year in order to determine the manner in which it will do so. ° UNCTAD invites the next session of the Forum to take place again in Geneva in the autumn 2011. We understand that the members will agree on the exact dates among themselves and the Forum secretariat will let us know them in due course. Palais des Nations, Geneva, 4 November 2010.
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