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16October 2019

WDC Newsletter

THE KHARYSKHAL REHABILITATION CENTER: REBUILDING SHATTERED LIVES IN MIRNY ’ This article is the third in an ongoing series, which shines a light on grass-roots capacity-building and sustainability programs initiated by WDC members to support communities where diamonds are mined, processed and traded. “Our children” is what members of staff call their charges at the Kharyskhal Rehabilitation Center in Mirny. Its mission is to restore a semblance of normalcy for young people whose lives have been shattered by domestic abuse, alcoholic parents and deprivation, a problem common [...]

16October 2019

WDC Newsletter

ENHANCED VIGILANCE URGED WHEN HANDLING DIAMONDS FROM THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC Photo credit: Pierre Holtz for UNICEF on Flickr As participants in the World Diamond Council (WDC) gathered in Antwerp, Belgium, at the beginning of October for the organization’s Annual General Meeting, the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) announced an overhaul of it nation’s alluvial diamond-mining sector, stating that “it will stand for a bold new and drastic approach where full transparency and proper due diligence protocols, traceability of individual parcel and OECD Due Diligence Guidance will be crucial.” [...]

16October 2019

WDC Newsletter

THE 20-YEAR JOURNEY OF THE ARCHITECT OF THE KIMBERLEY PROCESS CERTIFICATION SCHEME In November 2018, with little fanfare, the diamond industry representative that had been most associated with the campaign against conflict diamonds for the longest period of time stepped out of the limelight. Mark Van Bockstael, who had served as the chair of the Kimberley Process’ Working Group of Diamond Experts (WGDE) since the body was created, passed the baton to a fellow World Diamond Council officer, Peter Karakchiev. Mark Van Bockstael, the long-serving WDC official [...]

16October 2019

WDC Newsletter

WDC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IN ANTWERP FOCUSES FIRMLY ON KP PLENARY IN NEW DELHI ABOVE: Members of the WDC Board of Directors meeting during the Annual General Meeting in Antwerp Belgium, on October 3, 2019. The membership of the World Diamond Council (WDC) assembled in Antwerp, October 2 and 3, for the organization’s Annual General Meeting. But the focus of the gathering was elsewhere, on New Delhi, India, where the Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting is scheduled to take place November 18-22. It is there that the outcome of the three-year review [...]

16October 2019

WDC Newsletter

MESSAGE FROM THE WDC PRESIDENT Dear friends, This third edition of the WDC News Update is being released during the short period of time between the World Diamond Council's Annual General Meeting, which took place in Antwerp, on October 2 and 3, 2019, and the 2019 Kimberley Process Plenary, which will be held in New Delhi, November 18-22, 2019. During this critical seven-week period, discussions continue over how consensus may be reached among KP members about reforming the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), and more specifically how its scope may be strengthened [...]

1September 2019

WDC Newsletter

WDC MEMBERSHIP TO GATHER FOR 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IN ANTWERP IN OCTOBER The Brabo Fountain, the central attraction in the Grote Markt, the main square in Antwerp's Old City. The membership of the World Diamond Council (WDC) will be gathering in the Belgian diamond center of Antwerp on October 2 and 3, 2019, for the organization’s Annual General Meeting. Hosting this year’s event will be the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), the umbrella body representing all participants in the country’s diamond sector. Formally, WDC AGMs provide the forum [...]

1September 2019

WDC Newsletter

MESSAGE FROM THE WDC PRESIDENT Dear friends, This second edition of the WDC Newsletter is being released as many in the Northern Hemisphere return from their summer vacations and begin preparations for the traditional end-of-the-year shopping season. According to a survey conducted last year in North America, Millennials will make up the largest group of seasonal in-store shoppers, and the younger Generation Z will probably be in second place in 2019. Studies tell us that members of both groups are more likely to allow a product’s ethical integrity to affect purchasing decisions. Like [...]

1September 2019

WDC Newsletter

AWDC-SUPPORTED PROJECTS IN SIERRA LEONE AND GUINEA HELP FULFILL DIAMOND’S PROMISE AS ‘AFRICA’S BEST FRIEND’ ABOVE: The first African Diamond Conference, co-organized by the AWDC and the Belgian government in Brussels in November 2017. This article is the second in an ongoing series, which shines a light on grass-roots capacity-building and sustainability programs initiated by WDC members to support communities where diamonds are mined, processed and traded. Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, who first introduced his government's beneficiation policy at a conference in Antwerp in [...]