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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 [...]

1September 2019

WDC Newsletter

A FOND ADIEU AND A TRIBUTE TO THE WORLD DIAMOND COUNCIL ABOVE: Outgoing WDC  Executive Director Marie-Chantal Kaninda. By Marie-Chantal Kaninda, WDC Executive Director I write these words with a sense of sadness, because bidding farewell to family is always painful, but also with feelings of pride and accomplishment. After more than two years of service as Executive Director of the World Diamond Council (WDC), the time has come for me to move on. I certainly do not do so from a place of disillusionment or disappointment, on the contrary, but [...]

1July 2019

WDC Newsletter

WDC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PROMOTES ROLE OF WOMEN IN CÔTE D'IVOIRE’S MINING SECTOR ABOVE: Marie-Chantal Kaninda (left), Executive Director of the WDC, meeting with Jean Claude Kouassi, Côte d'Ivoire’s Minister of Mines and Geology, in Abidjan on May 31, 2019. Marie-Chantal Kaninda, WDC Executive Director, was a guest of honor at a conference focusing on the role of women in the mining sector, held in Abidjan in the West African state of Côte d'Ivoire on May 31, 2019. Organized by the Women's Mining Sector Network of Côte d'Ivoire (FEMICI), the conference looked at [...]

1July 2019

WDC Newsletter

DECONSTRUCTING THE KIMBERLEY PROCESS ABOVE: Representatives of KP-member countries applauding during the organization's 2018 Plenary Meeting in Brussels. Regulating the flow of rough goods into the diamond pipeline, the Kimberley Process (KP) is today one of the most powerful institutions in the international diamond sector.  But it is a conflict prevention body without any judicial or legislative authority in any of the countries with which it is associated. This is because KP rules and the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) are administered and enforced by sovereign states, operating according to statutes and [...]