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Objectives of the Conference

On 29-30 September 2010 the Institute for Environmental Security organised an international conference on 'Illegal Trade in Natural Resources - What can Brussels do?'. The event, held at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels, sought to promote EU-based solutions for combatting illegal trade in natural resources and aimed at:

  • Improving understanding: Provide a global overview of the issues at stake through various perspectives (environment, trade, development, peace & security). Improve the understanding of the dynamics and actors behind illegal trade in natural resources.
  • Assessing existing solutions: The conference will provide an overview and evaluation of existing international legal and voluntary initiatives undertaken to curb illegal trade in natural resources.
  • Identifying EU's options: The conference seeks the answer to the question 'What can Brussels do?' and aims to propose concrete steps that the European Union could take to positively impact global natural resources trade and support the fight against corruption and crime based on illegal exploitation of natural resources.
  • Enhancing cooperation: Offer an opportunity for policy makers, researchers, NGOs, IGOs and the private sector to exchange ideas on how to improve the fight against the import of illegally extracted natural resources in the European Union.

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