WDC marks UN’s International Day of Peace with public launch of upgraded System of Warranties

The World Diamond Council (WDC) has marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment by the United Nations of the International Day of Peace with the official public launch of its upgraded System of Warranties (SoW).

WDC release 21-9-2021

Recognizing the strength of the KP but also its limitations, and consequently industry’s obligations

In an article published in the August edition of Rapaport Magazine and posted on August 25, 2021, on the publication’s website, entitled “Atrocities Haunt Zimbabwe’s Diamond Fields,” Farai Maguwu, a courageous civil society leader in Zimbabwe, who is the founding director of that country’s Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG), writes of the plight of artisanal miners in the Marange diamond fields.

With continuing resistance to reforming of KP, WDC President warns of market with two value chains

“In the not-too-distant future, there will be a difference between rough diamonds that can be guaranteed to have fulfilled the consumers’ demands and expectations, and other diamonds,” said Edward Asscher, President of the World Diamond Council (WDC), speaking today during the closing session of the 2021 Intersessional Meeting of the Kimberley Process (KP).

WDC release 25-6-2021

With consumers demanding greater accountability, the KP must not be left behind, WDC President declares

“Consumers today want to know about a diamond’s provenance. They want to be assured that the diamonds they are considering buying have made a positive impact on the world,” said Edward Asscher, speaking today during the opening of the 2021 Intersessional Meeting of the Kimberley Process (KP).

WDC release 21-6-2021

Message from the WDC President: Taking stock before the 2021 Kimberley Process Intersessional

With the 2021 Intersessional Meeting of the Kimberley Process (KP) to be held on a digital platform next week, after a year during which neither of the two regularly scheduled KP meetings took place, it’s an opportune time to review the various subjects on which the WDC has been working, and to consider what we are preparing for this very first virtual meeting of the KP.

KP Chair Alexey Moiseev of the Russian Federation previews the upcoming KP Intersessional meeting

Ahead of the 2021 Intersessional Meeting, the WDC News Update spoke with the KP Chair, Alexey Moiseev, who also serves as Russia’s Deputy Minister of Finance. He previewed the upcoming gathering, provided an overview of key subjects on the KP’s agenda, and considered the impact of COVID-19 on the diamond industry and the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.

Digging Down into the Kimberley Process: The risk inherent in blurring between the KP and the KPCS

To many, the two seem to be interchangeable, with both frequently and often confusingly being encountered within the same texts, as if they are synonyms, writes Mark Van Bockstael in his column Digging Down Into the Kimberley Process.