About the GNMR Network
The Global Ignatian Advocacy Network identified governance of natural and mineral resources (GNMR) as one of its five advocacy priorities. This resulted in the establishment of the GNMR Network, the purpose of which is to ensure that issues of equity and sustainability are addressed in the governance of natural resources. The GNMR Network supports and advocates on behalf of local communities affected by mining activities, and lobbies on human rights issues where appropriate.
- Raise awareness among Jesuits, partners and the communities we serve, of the importance of good governance and management of natural and mineral resources and sustainable lifestyles.
- Build capacity among Jesuits, partners and the communities we serve, to enable them to understand, address and provide leadership in matters regarding the governance of natural and mineral resources.
- Support and advocate with and for people and communities affected by mining.
Representatives of each Jesuit Conference have been working together to consider how the Jesuit community can best contribute in this field. Together, these representatives make up the Core Group leading the GNMR Network. Those people are:
- Europe: Alicia Alemán
- Canada: [recently vacated by Kirsti Tasala]
- Latin America and Caribbean : Sergio Coronado
- US: Fernando Serrano
- Africa: Ferdinand Muhigirwa
- South Asia : Xavier Soreng
- Asia Pacific : Julie Edwards (CEO of Jesuit Social Services, an Australian social change organisation working to build a just society. Julie was appointed the leader of the Core Group in 2012).
Membership of the GNMR Network
The GNMR Network comprises members from all six conferences (Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Africa, South Asia and the US), united by their interest in addressing issues of equity and sustainability in the exploitation of natural and mineral resources. There are currently around 40 members, but we are keen to include others interested in this field.