Special Political and Decolonization Committee


Ben Halim

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Kingdom of Spain

Special Political and Decolonization Committee

Topic 1: Mining Rights

      The advancement of the global market integration and the sophistication of the technology used in the extractive industry which in turn makes the mining sector grow exponentially across the world. However, the consequences that arises alongside the growth of the mining sector are not being handled properly. The issue of environmental damages is arguably the most concerning. Several mines neglect their workers in terms of safety and humanitarian issues. Not to mention that countries that relies on their mining sector have the potential to weaken their own influence over their territory due to mining companies running their operations there which could create dependencies towards these company. Thus, it can be argued that the industry could disrupt the country’s sovereignty.

      Kingdom of Spain’s mining industry is one of the most diverse in the world. It produces minerals ranging from Iron to Uranium. Spain is one of the largest producer of Gypsum, ranking 6th amongst other countries. Spain has made regulations to ensure the operating mines within their territory meets the safety requirements for the workers and surrounding environments as stated in the Royal Decree 1389/1997 and 2994/1982. Spain is also open to foreign company investments in their country ...