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Category: Summit Declarations
Location: Lusaka
Year: 2010

Review

PREAMBLE

We, Heads of State and Government of Member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) gathered in Lusaka, Zambia, on 15th December 2010;Concerned about the persistent illegal exploitation of nafural resources in theGreat Lakes Region and its linkage to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, financing of armed groups and perpetuation of crimes against humanity;

Aware of the need to streamline the activities of local, regional and multinational actors involved in the exploitation of natural resources;

Cognizant of the commitment mutual trust and cooperation in the implementation of the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region;

Recalling the decision of the Mini-Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on1't February 2010, in which the ICGLR Secretariat and the Democratic Republic ofCongo (DRC) Government were urged to organize a Special Summit to addressthe issues related to illegal exploitation of nafural resources in the Great LakesRegion;

Deeply concerned about the negative impact of the illegal exploitation of natural resources which deprives states of resources needed to fight poverty and aggravates environmental degradation;

Fully aware of the endemic conflicts and persistent insecurity caused by armed groups in the Great Lakes Region financed through the illegal exploitation of nafural resources and trade in minerals, in particular Gold, Colombo-Tantalite,Wolframite and Cassiterite; and further concerned about the negative impact these armed groups have had on our population in the region including, crimes against humanity, and massive violations of human rights such as, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV);

Conscious that illegal exploitation of nafural resources constitutes a violation of States' right of permanent sovereignty over their natural resources, territorial integrity and represents a serious source of insecurity, illegal migration,displacement, instability, tension and conflicts in the region;

Taking note of the various existing transparency and certification in itiatives the mineral sector among others, the Kimberley Process and the need forregional approach to curb the illegal exploitation of nafural resources;

Reaffirming our commitment to put in place a Regional Certification Mechanism with the view to fulfilling the regional and international market requirements on transparent mineral trade;

Welcoming the establishment of the Regional Committee on the fight againstillegal exploitation of nafural resources, the conclusions of the joint Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development OECD/ICGLR consultativemeeting (29-30 September 2010) and the meeting of ICGLR Ministers of Mineral Resources held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 1 October 2010;Considering our commitment to jointly fight illegal exploitation of naturalresources in the Great Lakes Region in line with the Pact on Security, Stabilibility and Development in the Great Lakes Region, in particular the Protocol on the Fightagainst Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources;

 

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