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Regional Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources

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ICGLR RINR Minerals Certification to increase credibility for GLR

T he ICGLR RINR Minerals Certification Scheme is set to increase credibility for Great Lakes Region certified 3Ts exports at the international market. The ICGLR Member States formally recognized the linkages between the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes region and the funding of the protracted armed conflict by signing, adopting and ratifying the Protocol against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources (RINR) as part of a Pact on Security, Stability and Development, in November 2006.

This Pact translates Member States commitment to enhance sustainable peace and security, political and social stability as well as shared growth and development in the region into proper actions. Two years later, in 2008 the ICGLR launched RINR (Regional Initiative on Natural Resources) as a policy and means of implementing the Protocol. The RINR six tools were approved during the special summit of the Great Lakes countries held in Lusaka, December 2010.

The summit also affirmed ICGLR’s endorsement of OECD Due Diligence Guidance in RINR. As one of the 6 RINR tools, ICGLR Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM) is an instrument built on four main pillars, including the Third party Audits and the Independent Mineral Chain Auditor. These pillars serve as a process of improvement for minerals being exported, which obtain ICGLR certificates, are “conflict free” from source to export point. The RCM was developed to ensure that all 3TG exports are compliant with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance and other international standards. According to RCM, the Mine sites are inspected on a number of criteria falling into five broad categories (conflict, working conditions, environment, formality/ transparency, and community development), and can be given red or yellow flags for non-compliance with any criteria within these categories. The pilot phase worked with Eight Third Party Audits conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, and executive summaries can be accessed by the interested public on the ICGLR website http://www.icglr.org/

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