1. Background to the Survey

In 2015, 193 member states of the United Nations agreed upon the 2030 Transformative Agenda to eradicate poverty, and protect the human rights of people. The 17 Sustainable Goals (SDGs) are the following: 1) No Poverty, 2) Zero Hunger, 3) Good Health and Well-being, 4) Quality Education, 5) Gender Equality, 6) Clean Water and Sanitation, 7) Affordable and Clean Energy, 8) Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 10) Reduced Inequality, 11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12) Responsible Consumption and Production, 13) Climate Action, 14) Life Below Water, 15) Life on Land, 16) Peace and Justice Strong Institutions, 17) Partnerships to achieve the Goal.  
http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
The goals are reviewed every year through a UN process called the Voluntary National Review (VNR) during the High-Level Political Forum in New York. Member states are expected to include other stakeholders in preparing their National Report. In 2018 Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, 15, 17 are reviewed.

The NGO Mining Working Group, a coalition of NGOs in partnership with our members and affected local communities advocates at and through the United Nations for human and environmental rights as related to the extractive/mining companies around the world. So we decided to conduct a pilot survey with grassroots organizations in the following countries that are participating in the VNR in 2018: Australia, Colombia, Canada, Ecuador, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Poland, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Vietnam.
 
In order to monitor how countries are handling issues from mining in relation to the 17 SDG goals, the survey will focus on 3 main issues in relation to the 2030 Agenda:
 
How issues relating to mining impact:
  1. clean water and sanitation of a community-SDG 6
  2. a country’s ability to provide clean energy-SDG 7
  3. life of the people and the environment-SDG 15
The purpose of this survey conducted is to measure how member states are implementing Sustainable Development Goals to protect communities from exploitative mining practices and promoting the human rights of people. The information collected through the survey will be used during the High Level Political Forum during July 2018 to advocate for safer policies relating to mining.

The objectives of the survey:
1) To know whether the people at national/country level are aware of the SDGs in general and to identify problems relating to SDGs 6, 7, and 15.
2) To see how mining /Extractive industry is affecting the lives of local people and the environment.
3) To know the people’s expectations and possible actions by their governments at national and local levels in order to address identified issues relating to SDGs 6, 7, and 15.
4) To know what initiatives/actions taken by NGOs and other grassroots organizations, private sector to address the issues.

We look forward to your participation in this effort, thank-you for your time! 
Please respond to the survey and sent it back to miningsurvey@gmail.com by April 10th, 2018.

 

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