More than 100 delegates to the World Diamond Council (WDC) attended the Sixth Annual Meeting of the organization in Antwerp on July 1. The meeting in Belgium was hosted by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), and was held in the parliamentary chamber of the Province House in Antwerp. This year’s gathering celebrated the fifth year since the launch of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in 2003.
The World Diamond Council (WDC) held its fifth annual meeting, hosted by the Israeli Diamond Industry, at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem on May 9 and 10, 2007, where industry leaders gathered to discuss the future of the diamond industry and its unrelenting goal to eradicate the trade in conflict diamonds.
The World Diamond Council has concluded its fourth Annual Meeting in Catania, Sicily. More than 100 representatives of the international diamond and jewelry industries, governments, international organizations and NGOs reaffirmed their commitment to prevent the infiltration of conflict diamonds into the legitimate diamond trade.
The 3rd Annual Meeting of the World Diamond Council convened March 29-31, 2004 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The meeting, bringing together more than 100 leaders from the diamond and jewelry industry worldwide, governments and civil society, was organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and U.A.E Minister of Defense and was hosted by the Dubai Metals & Commodities Centre (DMCC).
Meeting at the Milan Trade Exhibition Center in Italy, the World Diamond Council (WDC) announced its own measures to combat the trade in conflict diamonds. Members of the Council unanimously voted for the implementation of a system of warranties that will endorse each transaction of rough diamonds in trading centers around the world.
This system is being designed to complement and support the international certification scheme developed by the Kimberley Process, which is being led by South Africa and involves more than 35 nations.
The 1st Annual Meeting of the World Diamond Council took place in London, January 17-18, six months following the establishment of the organization at the World Diamond Congress in Antwerp. The meeting was hosted by De Beers and was attended by 75 members and other delegates representing the governments of producing nations, non-governmental organizations and the trade and general press.