UNITAR, in collaboration with the UN Environment Global Mercury Partnership and a group of national and international experts, has developed the Handbook for Developing National ASGM Formalization Strategies within National Action Plans. The Formalization Handbook provides a comprehensive introduction to ASGM formalization, including key concepts, best practices, and a human rights-based approach. This is followed by step-by-step suggestions for creating an enabling environment for ASGM formalization and developing a national strategy for formalizing the ASGM sector. The various issues and approaches are illustrated with case studies from developing countries.
The handbook launch: at the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (on 18 October 2018 in Geneva) and the Second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (on 20 November 2018 in Geneva). UNITAR will use the handbook to guide the technical support it is providing to countries developing NAPs.