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Sustainability // iTSCi

UN reports reduced conflict financing opportunities associated with 3T minerals

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

The final report (S/2017/672) of the UN Group of Experts on the DRC was released and presented to the Security Council by Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta (Egypt), Council President for August, stating that 'improved efforts to trace the origin of tin, tantalum and tungsten had reduced the ability of armed groups to benefit from the exploitation and trade of those minerals.'

Two members of the UN Group of Experts had been murdered in Kasai Province in March and this unfortunate event was understandably the focus of comments at the report's launch. The discussion went on to consider the tremendous challenges which exist in the DRC, with the dynamics of the conflict ever-changing, an illicit trade in artisanal gold funding increasingly fragmented but heavily networked armed groups and human rights violations at significant levels.

The text of the report itself (Click Here) states that not only have instances of direct benefit to armed groups from the 3T sector considerably reduced, but that opportunities for indirect benefits from these minerals are also decreasing in contrast to the situation with gold.

As the only operational traceability and due diligence system in the DRC the Group discusses the iTSCi programme, including for example instances of poor implementation of tag controls and potential movement of minerals between mine sites. iTSCi is currently working on a large scale across seven provinces, continues to co-operate with the Group, and has provided further detailed responses to these highlighted issues which can be read by clicking here

The Group addresses a final recommendation to the DRC Government to develop a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption within field services in order to empower authority of staff to implement traceability – a recommendation that iTSCi agrees could significantly improve governance.

In addition, iTSCi itself is always seeking ways to continually improve and we have already introduced various new tag control measures and other adaptations to traceability implementation in Masisi and Walikale, North Kivu. In 2016, iTSCi monitored production, trade and transport conditions associated with more than 18,300 tonnes of 3T exports across the region.