In a press release, UNODC said that it has implemented alternative development initiatives in Colombia for many years by providing technical assistance to more than 100,000 family farms that were previously dependent on illicit crops for income. These projects also assist farmers in selling their products in competitive domestic and international markets. “We are therefore confident that with concrete actions such as making products available on vending machines, we support the work of thousands of farmers who have abandoned illicit crops and thus, in a way, contribute to peacebuilding,” said Bo Mathiasen, UNODC’s Representative in Colombia. Vending machines dispensing organic coffee and chocolate drinks, as well as a variety of snacks, such as premium chocolate bars, sweets and chocolate-coated coffee beans, were installed in UNODC’s central office in February. Once a month, a farmers’ market will sell other products for household consumption, including certified cacao products, honey and spices. Some products are also available for local delivery. UNODC said that leading alternative development farm enterprises, such as ASOMUCAN and COAGROBRISA, are responsible for supplying the products, with the proceeds then reinvested in related alternative development projects. The initiative is part of a broader advocacy and marketing strategy pursued jointly by UNODC, the Inter-American Development Bank and selected Colombian alternative development enterprises to showcase the commitment of farmers to the production of competitive quality products that promote peace, security and sustainable development in rural areas. UNODC said that plans are under way to replicate the initiative in other UN offices in Bogota and elsewhere in the country. Additionally, the strategy of supporting alternative development will potentially spread to state agencies, such as the Colombian Presidential Agency of International Cooperation. Alternative development is a strategy aimed at reducing and eliminating illicit crops and other illegal markets by promoting sustainable income-generating activities and enhancing the rule of law. The success of the strategy requires strong and long-term political will at both central and local government levels, UNODC noted. Including regions with illicit crops is integral to meeting broader national sustainable development objectives, including on better justice, health, education and infrastructure. Increased participation of farm communities in the planning, implementation and evaluation of strategies and programmes will be vital to the long-term success of alternative development in Colombia and elsewhere, UNODC said. Initiatives such as this alternative development approach are among the strategies that will be discussed during a three-day special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem, which begins tomorrow, 19 April, at UN Headquarters in New York.
The forthcoming dedicated IPCC Conference from International Mining Events, 21-23 September in Belo Horizonte’s Ouro Minas Hotel, is seeing widespread interest from the industry, reflected in the fact that 16 out of a total of 24 speaker slots have now been filled, the confirmed papers solely from the leading OEMs, consultants and mining groups. The meeting, held just before the Exposibram show, is focussed on mine planners and decision makers and with IPCC set to be the key alternative to conventional truck and shovel mining going forward, it represents an unmissable opportunity to meet the people who design, build and successfully implement these systems.The focus is not only on the fully mobile systems – fixed, semi-mobile and fully mobile IPCC systems are being covered; as are designs for waste handling/spreading, and other alternatives to truck and shovel mining, including surface miners and bucketwheel mining technology. The following covers just a range of the presentations already confirmed, with a full program to appear in the July issue of International Mining as well as on the website in the coming weeks. In addition to these papers are others from mining groups, as well as other key OEMs such as Sandvik; and other consultants including AMEC and Snowden.Those interested in speaking at the event (though remaining slots are limited) are encouraged to contact the Conference Director, Paul Moore at [email protected] or to register, to visit the dedicated page on this site at http://corporate.im-mining.com/imevents.asp. Note that the early bird registration rate is only available for another five weeks.Speakers confirmed include:What parameters are important in the production of IPCC equipment specifications? David Morrison: Global Manager – Integrated Mining Systems, SKMIPC with fully mobile crushing plants with regard to energy efficiency and CO2 reduction. Ulrich Mentges: Senior Manager Mine Planning & Sales – Mining, ThyssenKrupp FördertechnikApplying IPCC at your mine. John McCarthy: Project Manager – IPCC Systems, P&H Mining EquipmentRelocation of semi-mobile crushing systems. Walter Kueng: CEO, Tenova TakrafUses of mobile conveying systems in handling and placement of overburden. Ted Wagner: Global Product Manager – Mobile Conveying, FLSmidthCase studies of IPCC systems under various mining conditions. Frank Hubrich: Director of Engineering, Tenova TakrafNew approaches to traditional conveying and stacking systems for waste handling. Mike Bernard: Vice President & General Manager, Terra Nova TechnologiesKey success factors for the planning, operation and maintenance of IPCC systems – a view from an operator of continuous mining systems. Ruediger Durchholz: Managing Director Engineering, RWE Power InternationalConveyor belt shifting – work preparation and execution. Ruediger Durchholz: Managing Director Engineering, RWE Power InternationalKey themesMine planning, and truck-shovel versus IPCCDesign criteria for IPCCFully Mobile IPCCSemi Mobile IPCCConveyor systems for waste handlingReal mine case studiesRelocation of IPC and conveyor systemOther alternatives – surface miners, bucketwheel systems