A tribute to Stephane Fischler: Going beyond the call of duty

It was in 1999 when Stephane Fischler introduced me to Ambassador Robert Fowler, Canada’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. As his country’s delegate to the UN Security Council, he had been issuing reports on the violation of UN-imposed sanctions by the UNITA rebel movement in Angola.

Edward Asscher takes over as new President of the World Diamond Council, Feriel Zerouki Vice President

Edward Asscher is the new President of the World Diamond Council (WDC), the international organization that is charged with leading the industry’s effort to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the jewelry supply chain and with representing it in the tripartite Kimberley Process coalition. F

A passing of the baton at the WDC as two June meetings in Moscow likely to go virtual

June had been scheduled to be a hectic travel period for both the WDC and KP. Then the COVID-19 global pandemic struck.

Feeling the vibe in Freetown: a deep-dive into artisanal and small-scale mining

The MRU workshop in Freetown had an ambitious agenda. It involved representatives of the four countries, with the help of industry and civil society, drawing up national and regional plans to implement the KPCS, combat the smuggling of minerals and enhancing the development and livelihood aspects of artisanal mining.

The KP and WDC in the service of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Although they produce only 5 percent of rough diamonds by volume, there are 1 million individuals involved artisanal diamond mining and at least 5 million others who are dependent on the revenues they provide.

Let’s be the change we aspire to see

As I sit at home listening to the rain fall over the rooftops of Paris, and reflect on my first blog as the new Executive Director of the World Diamond Council (WDC), my phone keeps beeping

WDC proudly announces appointment of Elodie Daguzan as its new Executive Director

Elodie Daguzan is to become the new Executive Director of the World Diamond Council (WDC), following the approval of her appointment by the organization’s Board of Directors. She will officially assume duties on February 1, 2020.

WDC Annual General Meeting in Antwerp focuses firmly on KP Plenary in New Delhi

It is in India that the outcome of the three-year review and reform of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) will be decided, and, more specifically, a decision will be taken whether to strengthen the scope of the certification scheme itself. 

WDC focuses on strengthening scope of Kimberley Process during 2019 AGM in Antwerp

Members of the World Diamond Council (WDC) assembled in Antwerp, Belgium, on October 2 and 3, 2019, for the organization’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The proceedings were dominated by discussions about the pending conclusion of the Kimberley Process’ review and reform process, and the related call by WDC and others that it includes a strengthening of the scope of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).

World Diamond Council membership gathering in Antwerp for Annual General Meeting, October 2 and 3

Members of the World Diamond Council (WDC) will be traveling to Antwerp, Belgium, for the organization’s Annual General Meeting, scheduled to take place October 2 and 3, 2019. The yearly gathering of the WDC membership will provide the opportunity to review the position of the diamond and jewelry industry regarding the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, less than two months before the KP ends its current reform and review cycle.