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16March 2020

WDC Newsletter

TOOLKIT TO ASSIST IMPLEMENTATION OF WDC’S REVISED SYSTEM OF WARRANTIES NEARING COMPLETION A program initiated in 2018 to upgrade and toughen the World Diamond Council’s 10-year old System of Warranties (SoW) is nearing its launch date. At the end of January, the organization released for public review a key section of a toolkit, which is designed to assist companies involved in the diamond trade become compliant with the strengthened protocol. The SoW Toolkit which currently is in development, includes a self assessment questionnaire to enable a [...]

16March 2020

WDC Newsletter

UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES RESOLUTION ENDORSING ROLE OF KIMBERLEY PROCESS AS PEACEKEEPER AND CAPACITY BUILDER As it has for many years, the United Nations General Assembly drew participants in the Kimberley Process (KP) to New York in March, where during its 74th Session it adopted by consensus a resolution entitled “The role of diamonds in fueling conflict: breaking the link between the illicit transaction of rough diamonds and armed conflict as a contribution to prevention and settlement of conflicts.” Among the organizations represented was the World Diamond Council (WDC). [...]

16March 2020

WDC Newsletter

FEELING THE VIBE IN FREETOWN: A DEEP-DIVE INTO ARTISANAL AND SMALL-SCALE MINING Elodie Daguzan (second from left), WDC Executive Director, during a working group at the Mano River Union meeting in Freetown, Sierra Leone, February 25-27, 2020.  As I rode at night along the seashore, from the airport into Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, I had no idea what to expect from my first experience on the road on behalf of the World Diamond Council (WDC), or for that matter from West Africa. I had arrived to attend a [...]

16March 2020

WDC Newsletter

MESSAGE FROM THE WDC PRESIDENT Dear friends, This first edition of the WDC News Update for 2020 sees the light of day in a world beset by great uncertainty. The COVID-19 coronavirus, which only began being reported upon in the waning days of December, has suspended regular activities in a growing number of countries, with more than 170,000 individuals confirmed to be infected worldwide at the time of writing and many millions more quarantined in the attempt to prevent the spread of the illness. COVID-19  is a global challenge without parallel [...]

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 [...]