Energy transition minerals play an essential role for clean energy technologies and, therefore, sustainable energy transition. They are also important for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 and 13 with an indirect impact on SDGs 3, 5, 8, 12 and 15 in the local context.
As part of its work on extractive industries as an engine for sustainable development in the Arab region, and within the framework of the International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, ESCWA organizes this expert group meeting to collect expert opinion on the role of minerals and raw materials in energy transition. It will identify some of the key challenges and opportunities for developing a sustainable mining sector in the Arab region. Substantial inputs from the meeting will feed into a forthcoming technical paper on ‘The Role of Minerals and Raw Materials to support the Energy Transition in the Arab Region’, planned to be published in 2023.