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Documents from special events sponsored by the CFC

UNCTAD, CFC and UN-OHRLLS will lead a high-level dialogue on "Policies and strategies to turn commodity dependence into sustainable, inclusive and equitable economic growth and development for Landlocked Developing Countries" during the 2nd UN Conference on LLDCs which will be held in Vienna from 3 to 5 November 2014. This event will take place on 4 November (15:15 - 16:45) at Vienna International Centre, Room M7. More...

Small-scale Mining in Africa - A Case for Sustainable Livelihood

Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) directly employs some nine million people in Africa on a fulltime, seasonal or occasional basis, and occurs in most countries on the continent. The income the miners generate, whether ASM is their sole or supplementary source, provides the livelihood for perhaps 50 million people. The economic impact on the wider, trading community and the national economy may be profound with, in some cases, a significant proportion of national mining production coming from ASM sources.

The study covers: ASM Poverty and Development, ASM and Government, Macro and Regional Economics in relation to ASM, ASM Productivity, Market Access for ASM, Certification of ASM Minerals, Women, Gender and ASM, Alternative Livelihoods and Diversification.

Biofuels: Strategic Choices for Commodity Dependent Developing Countries

“The aim of this document is to provide commodity-dependent developing countries (CDDCs) with a framework for strategic decision-making on entry into production and use of biofuels. This study covers: Policy Goals for Biofuels Development, Decision Tree for Country Governments, Food Security Issues, Environmental Issues, Social Issues, Value Share and Rural Development, Key Options for Strategic Policy”.

The Global Initiative on Commodities 2007

The Common Fund for Commodities sponsored the international conference on the Global Initiative on Commodities (GIC) in Brasilia in May 2007. The Brasilia conference outcome report identifies policy measures and actions that must be addressed to resolve the commodity problematique. The report also calls on governments to draw up national commodity strategies that are integrated within national development policies, particularly in a range of policy areas and issues such as: supply side; value chain; financing diversification measures; competitiveness and use of resources rents. Significantly, the report recommends increased co-operation between civil society organisations, the private sector, international commodity bodies and intergovernmental organisations. The Brasilia Conference was hosted by the Government of Brazil, in conjunction with the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).