Mining Working Group

The Loretto Community is a member organization of The Mining Working Group (MWG) at the UN, allowing us to engage our values of environmental justice, sustainability and people-based development.

MWG Mission:

The NGO Mining Working Group (MWG) at the UN is a coalition of NGOs that, in partnership with our members and affected local communities, advocates at and through the United Nations for human and environmental rights as related to extractive industries. The MWG addresses unjust and unsustainable extractive practices and policies through the lens of the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples and Earth’s carrying capacity.
The MWG promotes a human- and ecological- rights framework as the foundation for sustainable and just natural-resource management. The MWG calls for just and transparent international policies, advocates for national laws and practices that meet the highest international standards and obligations, and calls for intervention to address violations. In this context the Group also advocates for the use of economic benefits of resource extraction for the holistic and long-term social, economic, and sustainable development needs of local communities.

Learn more about the MWG and access past advocacy statements here: