What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals. It is the largest sustainability project on the planet.

Why Mining and Metals?

The Mining sector is regarded as a critical global industry for the advancement of the UN SDG’s. In 2016 an industry agenda and mapping atlas was released to support implementation of the SDG’s for the mining sector. As noted in the Atlas, the International Council on Mining and Metals concludes that mining accounts for 60-90%  of foreign direct investment in lower middle-income countries. Consequently, the impacts of mining on the achievement of the sustainable development is significant and critical from a policy perspective.  The project’s intention is to align with the directions  identified in the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan (CMMP) published by Natural Resources Canada.

Artemis Project Member Business Contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Artemis Project Members SDG Priority

This visual outlines Artemis Project’s core business services to support sustainability for the mining sector. This includes enhancement to direct operations to generate profits, employment, economic growth in low-income countries, and incorporate new sustainable technologies. Artemis has a strong focus on supporting mitigation opportunities for responsible extraction to produce with less waste, safer processes, promote the improved wellbeing of local communities, reduce inequalities and improve environmental stewardship

Figure 1: SDGs corresponding to Artemis Members business prioritization

Artemis Project Members Core Services

This visual represents Artemis Project’s core business services to support sustainability for the mining sector across three critical dimensions: social inclusion, environmental sustainability and economic development

Figure 2: SDGs corresponding to Artemis Members business prioritization

UN SDG’S Projects

Artemis Project leads specialized efforts to further the UN SDG’s in mining and metals through collaboration and co-creation projects with a multi-stakeholder approach.

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UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS PROJECT – MARCH 2020-2021

Through Economic and Social Development Canada Artemis Project is spearheading a multi-stakeholder effort to interpret and accelerate UN SDG’s adoption in Mining and Metals.

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"We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive"

Chief Dan George,
Tsleil-Waututh First Nation

“It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message—spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet.”

Naomi Klein

“The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves.”


Rachel Carson

Artwork courtesy of Flow Partners, creator Shahriar Zand