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UNESCO Lecture - Earth materials- the foundation for development

26 January 2021
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Lecture, Webinar
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Virtual event
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The first lecture of UNESCO's lecture series entitled Earth Materials for a Sustainable and Thriving Society, organised in collaboration with IUGS and iCRAG.

Time: 13.00 hrs (London)

Speakers: Dr Larry Meinert, Meinert Consulting LLC Delaware, USA and Dr Nellie Mutemeri, Mining Practice Lead, Mutemeri Consulting and Associate Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Introductory remarks from Dr Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director general for Natural Sciences, UNESCO and Dr John Ludden CBE, Bicentennial Research Professor, Environmental Governance and Diplomacy, Heriot-Watt University, UK.

Review of historical and present-day mineral demand and its connections to the economy, technology and society

  • Historical context globally - why Earth materials are important
  • Technological evolution and climate neutrality are creating demand for new mineral portfolios
  • Mineral wealth and the SDGs, including wealth and social justice

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