About extractives

The extractive industry drives economic growth, creating jobs and supporting communities around the world. But these benefits come at a cost.

Greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and biodiversity loss are just some of the threats that extraction poses to human health and the environment. It can also fuel conflicts and endanger human rights.

Even as we support the global shift away from fossil fuels, UN Environment is working to reduce these threats and support positive change in the extractive industry. We do this by bringing together key players from government, the private sector, and civil society, and by offering technical expertise and impartial assessments.

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People and partners

Our work on extractives is spread across several areas of the organization. We also engage a with a number of partners to execute the work.

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