''1000 Days of Action! Consider Extractive Industries as important driver for MDGs’’.
While the world marks the last 1,000 days today before the deadline for achieving the MDGs, it has been explained that extractive industries contribution to economy should be considered as important drivers for turning natural wealth into MDGs, which are enshrined in long term economic and social development.
This has been explained by the UNDP country director Mr Philippe Poinsot on his welcome remarks during a ministerial level meeting on incorporating gender into extractive industries and natural resource management organized by UN Women in collaboration with Publish What You Pay. The meeting brought together 30 participants from government, civil society, and the United Nations and officiated by the Minister of Community Development, gender and children Hon. Sophia Simba.
Mr Philippe noted that extractive industries for oil, gas and minerals offer tremendous opportunities to generate economic and social transformation and accelerate human development for current and future generations when managed effectively and properly.
He insisted that countries can benefit from extractive industries and enhance linkages between human development and extractive industries if they put in place right and inclusive policies, well functioning regulatory institutions, competent human capacities while the extractive industries on their side are expected to operate with good governance principles, accountability, and transparency and gender sensitive manner.
''UNDP strongly recommend ensuring not only achievement of sustainable development but inclusive growth in particular in targeting marginalized and vulnerable groups with special emphasis on women and youth who are important contributor in productive sector of our economy’’ added Mr Philippe
On the other hand, the UN Women Regional director Christine Musisi explained that it is important to critically assess three main issues regarding how women can effectively participate in the extractive industry across the mining value chain, how women can benefit – either as business owners, employees and benefactors of extractive industry revenue and how the industry impacts women’s safety, security, livelihoods and health.
''Natural resources do not have to be a curse for women but transparent management of natural resources that includes the gender dimension will ensure that extractives become the path to a brighter future for all’'. insisted Ms Musisi.