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Minerals Security Partnership

The MSP is a collaboration of 13 countries and the EU to catalyze public and private investment in responsible critical minerals supply chains globally. 

Minerals are essential to the global economy and to the technologies powering the clean energy transition.  Diverse, secure, and sustainable supply chains for critical energy minerals are vital to deploying these technologies at the speed and scale necessary to combat the climate crisis. 

The Minerals Security Partnership (MSP) aims to accelerate the development of diverse and sustainable critical energy minerals supply chains through working with host governments and industry to facilitate targeted financial and diplomatic support for strategic projects along the value chain.  MSP partners include Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union (represented by the European Commission). 

The MSP considers projects along the full clean energy value chain, from mining, extraction, and secondary recovery, to processing and refining, and ultimately to recycling.  The MSP focuses on the minerals and metals supply chains most relevant for clean energy technologies.  These include – but are not limited to – lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, graphite, rare earth elements, and copper. 

About the MSP

Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Jose W. Fernandez explains the goals of the MSP.

Country Partners

Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, Sweden, the UK, U.S., and the EU. 

"Clean energy is our future, and building the tech will require critical minerals. We're working to bolster supply chains to ensure a more sustainable future." - Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez

Principles

MSP partners strive to elevate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards across the global minerals sector.  The MSP commits to support only those projects that meet high, internationally recognized ESG standards, promote local value addition, and uplift communities, in recognition that all countries can benefit from the global clean energy transition.  Projects supported by the MSP will adhere to rigorous ESG standards throughout the project lifetime.  Further information on the MSP’s principles can be found in the MSP partners’ public statement, “Principles for Responsible Critical Mineral Supply Chains.”

Under these basic principles, the MSP will support projects that: 

  • Demonstrate responsible stewardship of the natural environment; 
  • Engage in consultative and participatory processes regarding land access and acquisition; 
  • Commit to meaningful, ongoing consultation with communities; 
  • Ensure safe, fair, inclusive, and ethical conditions in the community and the workplace; 
  • Provide economic benefit for workers, and local communities; and 
  • Ensure transparent, ethical business operations. 

The MSP aims to use partners’ economic and diplomatic engagement and other forms of support to make strategic critical minerals projects more likely to succeed where appropriate for host governments.  The MSP commits to consult frequently and transparently with countries that are not MSP partners, particularly those with significant mineral reserves and those that aspire to move up the critical minerals value chain, to evaluate how best to support responsible commercialization of mineral resources.  MSP activities will advance the economic objectives of all countries involved. 

Framework 

The MSP operates through a collection of project-focused working groups that engage project proponents, evaluate project compatibility with ESG standards and MSP strategic objectives, and assess potential modes of MSP support. MSP partner governments engage across a wide range of agencies and departments, including those responsible for foreign affairs, economy, energy, trade, development finance, and export finance. The MSP is assessing more than a dozen minerals projects around the world, across several commodities and stages of the value chain, including processing and recycling projects. The MSP partner governments may provide financial, diplomatic, or other forms of support.  

The MSP directly addresses four major critical minerals challenges:   

  1. Diversifying and stabilizing global supply chains; 
  1. Investment in those supply chains; 
  1. Promoting high environmental, social, and governance standards in the mining, processing, and recycling sectors; and  
  1. Increasing recycling of critical minerals. 

It will do this by assessing and supporting projects around the world, both in established and emerging clean energy economies both within MSP partners and beyond. 

“The countries that take decisive action now to create the industries of the future will be the ones that reap the economic benefits of the clean energy boom that’s coming.”  

— President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden 
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Establishing the MSP

MSP Launch – Canada 

In June 2022, the Minerals Security Partnership (MSP) was officially announced in Toronto, Canada, on the margins of the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention, the largest mining event in the world. The United States was joined by Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the European Commission as the founding members of this ambitious new initiative to bolster critical mineral supply chains.  

MSP Ministerial – New York City

In September 2022, the United States, led by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Export Import Bank of the U.S. (EXIM) Chair and President Reta Jo Lewis, hosted a high-level ministerial event to advance the MSP by convening partners and key minerals-rich countries to discuss priorities, challenges, and opportunities in responsible mining, processing, and recycling of critical minerals. The meeting was held in New York City on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) high-level week.  

MSP partners participating in the meeting included:  Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union.  Additional minerals-rich countries in attendance included Argentina, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia. 

Activities

Convening on the MSP’s ESG Principles in South Africa

In South Africa, on February 7, 2023, the MSP partners agreed on guiding principles for how the MSP will develop projects around the world with local value-add, sustainability, and high environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards front and center. 

Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez met with MSP partners and minerals-rich countries on the margins of the Mining Indaba conference in South Africa to discuss how the MSP can work with African countries and make sure that critical minerals supply chain growth benefits everyone.  

Non-MSP countries in attendance included Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. 

Presentation by Argentina’s Secretary of Mining

To advance the goals of the MSP, Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez convened an online discussion with Argentine Secretary of Mining María Fernanda Ávila, international private sector representatives, and MSP partners to discuss critical minerals opportunities in Argentina. This meeting served to familiarize MSP partners and the private sector with Argentina’s critical minerals sector and projects of potential interest for investment and support. Engagements like this help promote the clean energy transition, further mobilizing resources towards diversifying mineral supply chains and advancing the Biden Administration’s priority of regional collaboration on securing responsible and sustainable minerals. 

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Projects

The MSP aims to ensure minerals are produced, processed, and recycled in a way that helps countries realize the full economic benefits of their resources.  The MSP welcomes the opportunity to work together with resource-rich countries developing their minerals sectors.  

The MSP considers projects along the full clean energy value chain, from mining, extraction, and secondary recovery, to processing and refining, and ultimately to recycling.  The MSP embraces the role of innovation and the principles of sustainability and circular economy and strives to support state-of-the-art projects.  The MSP is considering projects around the globe, both within MSP partners’ borders and elsewhere – projects do not have to be located within MSP partners’ jurisdictions to receive MSP support. 

The MSP commits to support only those projects that meet high, internationally recognized ESG standards, promote local value addition, and uplift communities, in recognition that all countries can benefit from the global clean energy transition.  Projects supported by the MSP will adhere to rigorous ESG standards throughout the project lifetime.  Further information can be found in the MSP partners’ public statement, “Principles for Responsible Critical Mineral Supply Chains.” 

The MSP is assessing more than a dozen minerals projects around the world, across several commodities and stages of the value chain, including processing and recycling projects.  The MSP partner governments may provide financial, diplomatic, or other forms of support. 

The MSP is open to receiving information on projects of potential interest to the MSP partner governments.  Information on a project in a given country may be shared with the diplomatic missions of MSP partner governments operating in that country.  Sharing project information with an MSP partner government for consideration by the MSP does not imply or guarantee that the MSP will provide support for the project. 

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Releases

2023 

Highlights of Italy’s Participation in the MSP 

On July 27, 2023, the White House released a Joint Statement from President Biden and Prime Minister Meloni.

India Announces Participation in the MSP 

On June 22, 2023, the White House released a Joint Statement from the United States and India. 

MSP Principles for Responsible Critical Mineral Supply Chains 

On February 7, 2023, partner countries released a statement of principles for developing critical mineral supply chains that adhere to high environmental, social, and governance standards.

2022 

Ministerial to advance the MSP 

On September 22, 2022, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Export Import Bank of the U.S. (EXIM) Chair and President Reta Jo Lewis hosted a high-level ministerial event to advance the MSP.  

Initial Announcement of the MSP 

In June 2022, Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez and twelve partner countries announced the MSP in Toronto, Canada. 

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In the Media

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS):  “A U.S. Mineral Strategy for Global Energy Transition”

Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez provided a keynote address on MSP at CSIS

2023 SAFE Summit: “A Pathway to Electrification from Minerals to Market”

Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez participated in a fireside chat session on the MSP with Ana Swanson from the New York Times. 

“CERAWeek 2023”

Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez participates in a keynote panel for CERAWeek in Houston, Texas. 

“2023 Mining Indaba Conference”  

On February 5, 2023, Under Secretary Fernandez gave a keynote address at the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba — Africa’s largest mining investment conference. He focused on the importance of U.S. support and investment in developing and securing more resilient and sustainable critical mineral supply chains. 

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Contact Us

For questions about MSP, send a message to: ENR-PD-Clearances@state.gov. 
For media inquiries, please contact: E_Communications@state.gov.   

Stay updated by following the hashtag: #MSP. 

U.S. Department of State

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