Mineral resources are the basis of modern economy. They not only cover general basic needs such as food, housing, mobility, infrastructure and health, but also make an important contribution to innovative key technologies and to the solution of central climate and energy challenges.
To ensure the responsible and secure supply of Austria with primary and secondary raw materials, the BMLRT prepared a basic paper which serves as a basis for an Austrian Mineral Resources Strategy 2030.
The Kimberley Process (KP) is a multilateral trade regime which was established in 2003 with the aim of preventing the flow of conflict diamonds. The central part of this regime is the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) which provides the framework for states to carry out protective measures for deliveries of rough diamonds and to certify them as being “conflict-free”.
In the annual publication "WORLD MINING DATA" production figures of 65 mineral commodities from 168 countries are summarized and statistically evaluated. This information is available in tabular form.
As leading global environmental authority, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) fosters and advocates global environmental agendas.
The United Nations have made it its goal to ensure global sustainable development on economic, social and environmental level and published these 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the official title “Transforming our World: The Agenda 2030 for sustainable development” on 1 January 2016
In 2011, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) prepared a concept on the OECD’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.