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Engaging with World Leaders to Advance Community Development and Fight Ebola

Last month Newmont attended the United Nations General Assembly, the annual meeting of global leaders representing nearly 200 member states who come together to promote international peace and discuss solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues – among them human rights, climate change and humanitarian crises.

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Johan Ferreira, Newmont’s Senior Vice President of Africa Operations, greets Ghana President, John Mahama.

This forum presented a unique opportunity for Newmont to engage with diplomats and leaders from many countries where we operate.

During the meeting, Johan Ferreira – our Regional Senior Vice President of Africa operations – co-hosted an industry lunch in honor of Ghana President John Mahama. Ferreira and the President discussed Newmont’s collaboration with the Ghanaian government to advance socio-economic development in the region through development foundations and programs that support local jobs, businesses and livelihoods.

The two also discussed the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Newmont and 10 other mining companies that operate in West Africa have called on the international community to step up the fight against Ebola.

While Ghana – where Newmont operates the Ahafo and Akyem mines – has not officially confirmed any case yet, Ferreira emphasized to the President that the health and safety of employees and contractors, as well as the communities and nation as a whole, was our foremost priority.

Detailed information on Newmont’s economic and social contributions in Ghana can be found in our fact sheet. For more information about Newmont’s approach to engagement with stakeholders and commitment to the health and safety of employees and host communities, please visit our annual sustainability report, Beyond the Mine.

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