“Responsibility for raw materials”, “transparency in the extractive sector” and “resource politics for conflict zones” were important topics of the German G8 presidency last year. Never before has the issue of natural resource management been higher on the international policy agenda and there seems to be a wind of change. But what exactly has the German presidency changed, where was progress made and what are the challenges that remain, asks Lili Fuhr.
A transparent world
In late 2006 the German government announced that transparency in the extractive industries would be a topic for its 2007 presidency of the G8 and a number of concrete steps were proposed. On the issue of responsibility for raw materials, the Germans wanted to start an initiative for the certification of natural resources from conflict zones to contribute to peace in conflict-ridden resource rich regions ... ... this article is published in Issue 1/Jan-Feb 2008 for subscribers only. For direct log in >>> click here.If you have no subscription >>> pick your option or >>> buy the article.
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