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Fiji: UNDP conference discusses environmental & social issues in region's extractive industry

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20 March 2013

Calls for sustainable growth amid Pacific mining boom

Author: Jemima Garrett, Pacific Beat, Radio Australia

…Pacific Island ministers and development experts have called on governments to ensure mining companies respect the environment and comply with international transparency standards. More than 60 participates...from eight countries attended a high-level symposium on extractive industries…in Fiji…[The outcome] called for respect for the environment and human rights, and for transparent revenue distribution. Gas, gold, copper, nickel and deep sea minerals are only some of the Pacific Islands resources attracting new interest from global mining companies…

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17 March 2013

Fiji conference discusses region’s mineral extraction

Author: Radio New Zealand International

The United Nations Development Programme’s Resident Representative in the Pacific says mineral extraction in the region could do more harm than good if…not managed properly…[A] number of Pacific Island countries have earned significant revenue through the extraction of natural resources like oil, gas and minerals and there is significant potential for future development in the region…[A] three-day conference…hopes to…create a Pacific Island perspective to these issues so that countries can work together to address them. The conference is being attended by officials from several countries as well as representatives from extraction companies and NGOs.

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