A fond adieu and a tribute to the World Diamond Council

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.

WDC membership to gather for 2019 Annual General Meeting in Antwerp in October

Formally, WDC AGMs provide the forum at which the organization’s officers report on the association’s activities within the context of the Kimberley Process (KP), its finances and its plans for the coming year. 

Forbes Afrique names WDC Executive Director one of Africa’s 100 most influential women

The May edition of Forbes Afrique, the French-language version of the influential economic periodical that focuses specifically on African affairs, has listed Marie-Chantal Kaninda, Executive Director of the World Diamond Council (WDC), as one the continent’s 100 most influential women.

WDC Executive Director promotes role of women in Côte d’Ivoire’s mining sector

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.

WDC launches new website, upgrading support and information provided online

More reactive and news-oriented, the new website opens a window into the functioning and approach of the WDC, which for 19 years has represented the diamond and jewelry industries in the tripartite KP forum.

WDC concludes Annual General Meeting reaching consensus on key areas of reform

Resolutions for further improvement of a responsible supply chain and enhanced self-regulation exercise within the WDC SoW Guidelines were passed.

World Diamond Council to gather in India for 14th Annual General Meeting

The meeting will focus on reform of the Kimberley Process and WDC System of Warranties in support of a commitment to sustainable development by the diamond industry.

World Diamond Council completes first mission to Angola outside of formal Kimberley Process meetings

WDC Acting President Stephane Fischler and Executive Director Marie-Chantal Kaninda made the trip at the invitation of Angolan authorities.

WDC speaks for first time to U.S. State Department officials on responsible diamond sourcing

The Executive Director of the Workd Diamond Council (WDC), Marie-Chantal Kaninda, today addressed U.S. State Department officials and civil society members on the topic of responsible diamond sourcing and the Kimberley Process.

World Diamond Council meets with Kimberley Process stakeholders in the DRC

The meetings primarily focused on two topics: the support from the DRC in regard to KP reform and establishment of the Permanent Secretariat, and the process of formalization, registration and traceability of the artisanal miners in the DRC.