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11December 2019

WDC Newsletter

GJEPC PLANS FOR THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH OF INDIAN INDUSTRY THROUGH A SECTOR-WIDE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM CATERING TO FIVE MILLION WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES One may surmise that the health of an industry is directly correlated to the wellbeing of its workforce. This is particularly relevant when it comes to a labor-intensive sector like gems and jewelry. In India, thanks to initiatives spearheaded by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), millions of gem and jewelry artisans and dependents can now finally access quality healthcare of choice, and with the support of [...]

11December 2019

WDC Newsletter

KP PLENARY AGREES TO PROVISIONALLY RESTRUCTURE SYSTEM BY WHICH CERTIFIED ROUGH DIAMOND EXPORTS FROM CAR ARE MONITORED Among the more notable outcomes of the Kimberley Process (KP) Plenary Meeting in New Delhi, November 18-22, 2019, was a decision to restructure the operational framework structure being used to monitor KP-compliant rough diamond exports from the Central African Republic CAR). Caught up in a civil war that has simmered since 2012, the country is today considered to be the only producer of goods that meet the current definition of conflict diamonds. During the height [...]

11December 2019

WDC Newsletter

2019 KP PLENARY MEETING REPORTS PROGRESS IN A RANGE OF AREAS ABOVE: The 2019 KP Plenary Meeting in session in New Delhi, India. While most media coverage of the 2019 Kimberley Process (KP) Plenary Meeting focused on the discussion around the “conflict diamonds” definition, it was only one of a great many subjects tackled during the five-day gathering in New Delhi, India, from November 18 to 22. Some were related to the KP’s three-year review and reform cycle, which ended at this year’s Plenary Meeting, and others to topics such as [...]

11December 2019

WDC Newsletter

AS KP FALLS SHORT OF CONSENSUS ON NEW ‘CONFLICT DIAMONDS’ DEFINITION, WDC’S REVISED SYSTEM OF WARRANTIES STEPS IN TO FILL THE GAP ABOVE: Stephane Fischler, WDC President, addressing the closing session of the KP Plenary Meeting on November 22, 2019. At the Kimberley Process (KP) Plenary at the Pullman Hotel in New Delhi on November 22, 2019, compromise among members on a new definition for “conflict diamonds” seemed tantalizingly close. But, as it turned out, not close enough. Decisions in the KP can only be greenlighted by across-the-board agreement by all [...]

11December 2019

WDC Newsletter

MESSAGE FROM THE WDC PRESIDENT Dear friends, This fourth and final edition of the WDC News Update for 2019 is being released some two and half weeks after the close of the 2019 Kimberley Process (KP) Plenary Meeting in New Delhi, India. It provides a well-timed opportunity to wrap up what has been a year of intensive work for the World Diamond Council (WDC) within the KP, and to take look at where we go from here. As the lead article in this newsletter describes in detail, the Plenary Meeting did not [...]

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 [...]