Monday, 21 November 2016 17:17

World Diamond Council (WDC) President Andrey Polyakov, thinks the global diamond custody chain warranty system needs reforming, with each stone being guaranteed all the way to the consumer. Polyakov expressed this view in an interview with GEMKonnect Chief Editor Vinod Kuriyan on the sidelines of the recently concluded 2016 Kimberley Process Plenary meeting in Dubai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 21 November 2016 17:08

Andrey Polyakov, World Diamond Council President, spoke to The Telegraph after the 2016 Kimberley Process (KP) Plenary meeting, to defend the KP and illustrate its progress - including its efforts to bring Central African Republic, a potentially large source of rough diamonds, back into the international fold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 18 November 2016 15:02

DUBAI, November 17, 2016 — the further strengthening of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and the introduction of new working methods and new ways of organizing processes, were crucial at this year’s Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting in Dubai. The World Diamond Council joined representatives of governments from more than 50 countries and other Observers, discussing mechanisms for greater industry inclusion.

 

 

 

Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:51

Honorable KP Chair Mr. Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Honorable KP Vice-Chair Mr. Robert Owen–Jones, distinguished delegates and guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.


On behalf of the World Diamond Council, I want to once again thank the UAE and Mr. Ahmed bin Sulayem personally, for organizing this Plenary Session and for the fruitful work he has carried out as the KP Chair.


We live in a world that changes fast and requires us to adapt quickly to new conditions and challenges. I'm glad to see that the Kimberley Process continues to evolve. This week we looked for new working methods and new ways of organizing processes. And we do it for one purpose only – to protect the true brilliance of our product and industry.

 

 

 

Monday, 14 November 2016 07:54

Honorable KP Chair Mr. Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Honorable KP Vice-Chair Mr. Robert Owen–Jones, distinguished delegates and guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.


First of all allow me on behalf of the WDC to thank UAE and Mr. Ahmed Bin Sulayem personally for the warm hospitality and professionalism in organizing this Plenary Session and for an eventful KP agenda throughout the year.

 

Sixteen years ago, representatives from several African diamond-producing countries met in Kimberley to evaluate how to stop the
conflicts on this continent which were fed also by rough diamonds. Back then the task seemed to be nearly impossible.

 

 

 

Thursday, 10 November 2016 08:51

NEW YORK, NY, November 10, 2016 - The World Diamond Council has initiated an international search for a new Executive Director (ED) to replace the outgoing current ED Patricia Syvrud in 2017. The WDC ED, working under the authority of the WDC President and Executive Committee, will have responsibility for the day-to-day management of the organization, including managing the budget and membership drives, providing strategy implementation, liaising with government, stakeholders and other organizations, and representing the WDC in the Kimberley Process and its various committees.

 

Saturday, 17 September 2016 08:15

NEW YORK, NY, September 8, 2016 — Honorable guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
First of all, I would like to thank United States Jewelry Council and Mr Ronald VanderLinden personally for warm hospitality and great professionalism in organizing this meeting.
I am pleased to open the WDC annual general meeting and to tell you a few words about what we have achieved and what we should do in future.

 

For many years WDC successfully fulfills its mission - represents the industry voice in the Kimberley Process. KP has reached great progress during the 15 years of its operation. Today, more than 99% of all diamonds in the market have confirmed conflict-free origin. It means that the so-called "blood diamonds" are practically excluded from the market. Mining and trading areas in all countries are critically examined, and any buyer of rough diamonds gets a certificate, confirming that these stones are not associated with the conflict. Diamond mining and trading, which was known as a murky business in the 90s, is now an example to follow in the field of transparency. This is our great merit.

 

 

Monday, 12 September 2016 15:55

NEW YORK, NY, September 12, 2016 — World Diamond Council (WDC) members from across the globe gathered in New York City last Thursday for the organization’s 12th Annual General Meeting (AGM). Hosted by the United States Jewelry Council (USJC) and generously supported by Signet Jewelers, ABN Amro Bank, De Beers Group, Brinks, UL and JCK, more than 100 representatives from the diamond industry, government, civil society and media came together to study new proposals for current industry self-regulation procedures, as well as proposals for the Kimberley Process (KP) review process to be engaged in 2017.

 

Thursday, 04 August 2016 13:06

NEW YORK, NY, August 4, 2016 — The World Diamond Council (WDC) has announced that its 12th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City from Sept. 7 – 9. Hosted by the newly formed United States Jewelry Council (USJC), the body that brings together the views and actions of the U.S. jewelry industry trade associations relative to responsible and sustainable sourcing, the meeting is being generously sponsored by Signet Jewelers, the Premier and Gala Sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include ABN AMRO Bank, Brink’s and UL.

 

Among the items to be discussed during the AGM are the current agenda of the Kimberley Process (KP), the implementation of the WDC’s first-ever Strategic Plan, and an enhanced communications platform positioning the WDC as the industry voice to respond to KP and conflict diamond-related issues.

 

Thursday, 14 July 2016 17:51

NEW YORK, NY, July 14, 2016 - The World Diamond Council (WDC) announced yesterday that the Board of Directors elected Mr. Stephane Fischler as Vice President of the WDC. As a founding member of the WDC, Mr. Fischler has been actively involved in the WDC since its inception.  

 


The WDC is a collective of members representing the entire international diamond industry supply chain, from mining through retail. The group represents the diamond industry in the development and implementation of systems developed by the United Nations and the Kimberley Process (KP) to eradicate and prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate diamond trade.

 

 

 

 

Friday, 27 May 2016 14:14

Honorable KP Chair, distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

 


On behalf of the WDC I would like to thank the Chair and his team, for the brilliant work that was done to facilitate this productive intercessional here in Dubai.

 


I would like also to thank the delegations of Australia, EU, US, China, India, UAE, Zimbabwe, DDI and others for the opportunities to exchange our opinions on the current KP agenda, heads and participants of the working groups, all who worked as the team 24 hours a day all this week. Let me summarize what WDC worked on during this intercessional.

 

 

 

Thursday, 26 May 2016 14:09

Honorable KP Chair Mr. Ahmed Bin Sulayem,
distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

 


First of all, allow me on behalf of the WDC to thank the UAE for their warm hospitality and professionalism in organizing all the KP activities in 2016.


Today is the first time I address you as the President of the World Diamond Council. I would like to use this opportunity to express my opinion as the diamond business representative.

 

 


 

Monday, 23 May 2016 08:59

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, May 23, 2016 - The World Diamond Council (WDC) today announced that Mr. Andrey Polyakov has assumed the elected position of President of the WDC.  

 

Mr. Polyakov served as Vice President of the WDC since 2015 and now succeeds Mr. Edward Asscher whose two-year term as President concluded on May 22, 2016. 

 

The WDC is a collective of members representing the entire international diamond industry supply chain, from mining through retail. The group represents the diamond industry in the development and implementation of regulatory and voluntary systems developed by the United Nations and the Kimberley Process to eradicate the trade of conflict diamonds. 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 14:11

WDC Member Breakfast Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7:45 a.m. RiRa Restaurant, Mandalay Bay Hotel

 

Please RSVP to Patricia Syvrud, Executive Director

 

 

 

Friday, 29 April 2016 07:20

April 28, 2016 — South China Morning Post - Letter to the Editor Re: Article titled: Ethical Journey Continues

 

We at the World Diamond Council, as the representative organization of the global diamond and jewellery industry at the Kimberley Process (KP), agree that consumers should be able to buy diamonds with the confidence that they are not involved in human rights abuses but are sourced in a way that supports local communities. We also agree that there is more work to be done and we are committed to a process of continuous improvement.

 

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 10:00

March 23, 2016 — The World Diamond Council (WDC) extends its sincere and heartfelt condolences to the victims of the horrific attacks which took place at Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro station in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday, March 22nd.

 

 “We are devastated by these horrific acts of terrorism,” stated Edward Asscher, president of the World Diamond Council. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their relatives.