AIMES holds its 13th Annual Strategy Meeting in Harare
The African Initiative on Mining, Environment and Society (AIMES), a pan-African network of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) engaged in extractive sector advocacy, in particular mining and development issues holds its 13th annual strategy meeting from June 21-24th, 2011 in Harare, Zimbabwe under the theme: The African Mining Reform Agenda and Regional Harmonisation: mobilising for developmental impacts.
The meeting will involve some fifty participants from around 20 strategic mining countries. The meeting will also involve participants drawn from the academia and policy officials from such institutions as the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and Parliament of the Zimbabwe.
The annual strategy and planning meetings allow members of the Network to share experiences analyze and assess the most pressing issues of concerns in order to improve common understanding and to map out advocacy strategies for promoting policies that ensure the optimum developmental impact of mining in Africa without abuse to the environment and human rights.
The theme of the 13th annual strategy meeting flows from the evolution of policy debates and processes for the reform of African mining regimes taking place at the continental and regional levels, a position which AIMES has been calling for over the years. Flowing from the theme, the meeting will discuss the prospects and challenges of the reforms, analysis of arenas of advocacy, in particular the climate change negotiation process and Rio+20 among others and develop advocacy positions and agenda.