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In Tunisia UN Chief commends African nation for staying true to ideals

“The President and I just had a very productive meeting. I welcomed the way he runs the country without compromising on principles, at this critical time in the history of Tunisia,” said Mr. Ban told journalists in the capital of Tunis. Tunisia’s upcoming elections will mark an important milestone on Tunisia’s road to democracy, Mr. Ban said pledging that the UN will do its utmost to ensure that elections are open to all, transparent and peaceful. The UN has already “actively supported the democratic transition with technical assistance on elections, transitional justice and Tunisia’s extremely valuable Constitution,” he added.Last January, Tunisia’s Parliament adopted the constitution, the country’s first since massive public demonstrations ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in early 2011, the first regime to be toppled in the so-called Arab Spring. “Tunisia raised hopes across North Africa, the Middle East and the globe when the Arab Spring was born here. And Tunisia has risen to high expectations by staying true to its ideals,” Mr. Ban said, adding that both he and the Tunisian President are both deeply concerned about the situation in Libya.“Here we see that with integrity, leadership, civic engagement and commitment, peaceful revolution leads to promising stability,” Mr. Ban told reporters, commending the Tunisian Government and the Tunisian people for the great success they have achieved. “Tunisians have shown the power of inclusive national dialogue. This is an important example for countries of this region. When leaders listen to their people, respond to their needs and work for their aspirations, countries enjoy peace and prosperity,” he added. Mr. Ban’s meeting with the Tunisian President was followed by a discussion with Mustapha Ben Jaafar, President of the National Constitutional Assembly, as well as the Presidents of a number of Parliamentary Groups. At a later press conference following what he called a “very productive” meeting with Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi, the Secretary-General said he looked forward to speaking with members of civil society. Mr. Ban is planned tomorrow to meet with representatives of non-governmental organizations, journalists, activists and others who have helped create the “new Tunisia,” he added. Referring to the progress Tunisia has undertaken, Mr. Ban said this is “promising ground to build on.” Now Tunisia needs to create new economic opportunities, advance social justice, promote human rights, secure gender equality and counter terrorism.“You deserve international support as you solidify this progress,” added the Secretary-General. read more

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Rio Tinto first to receive Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certification

first_imgRio Tinto is the first company in the world to receive certification under the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), the highest internationally recognized standard for robust environmental, social and governance practices across the aluminium lifecycle of production, use and recycling.By using ASI certified aluminium, manufacturers and end users will now be able to demonstrate their commitment to a sustainable supply chain.Rio Tinto Aluminium Chief Executive Alf Barrios said “We expect responsible aluminium production will become increasingly important for our customers and the consumers who buy their products.“Rio Tinto is proud to take this pioneering step as the first company to achieve ASI certification, which continues our industry leadership on sustainability and responsible production as we work closely with customers to meet their needs. We launched the first certified low carbon aluminium, RenewAl, in 2016 and produce some of the best quality, lowest carbon footprint aluminium in the world at our Canadian smelters.Behre Dolbear congratulated Rio Tinto noting that it is a strong advocate for a de-commoditizing of the mineral and metals market based on the sustainability measures.Lachlan Broadfoot, Behre Dolbear CEO, noted at yesterday’s New York Mining Club lunch that “Creating opportunities that enable miners, refiners and buyers to achieve a differentiated price for sustainably extracted minerals would benefit those mines who have delivered strong environmental results, conscientious companies who rely on the mineral supply chain and an increasingly concerned society.”Broadfoot added that, “If we, as a society, can achieve a structural change in how commodities, and specifically their environmental footprint, are measured and priced then we can achieve real breakthroughs in technology deployment and capital allocated to improve sustainability in mining. Larry Fink, Blackrock Chairman and CEO, recently noted businesses need a purpose beyond returns to shareholders and we believe there is no greater opportunity for this than in the mineral supply chain. We agree that this shift will drive not only investors own investment returns, but also the prosperity and security of their fellow citizens.”The rapid expansion in battery metals demand is highlighting the need for all players across the supply chain to better understand their mineral choices.last_img read more

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