Kimberley Process

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In a caution about the challenges facing the global diamond industry, Kimberley Process Chair Ahmed Bin Sulayem expressed the United Arab Emirate's commitment to act responsibly to overcome challenges, according to media reports.

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ALROSA hosted the annual general meeting of the World Diamond Council (WDC) in Moscow from October 12-13.

The WDC represents diamond market participants – companies and industry organizations – in the Kimberley Process (KP). The Council traditionally organizes annual meetings to discuss and form a unified industry position on the KP’s current issues.

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The Second Zimbabwe Diamond Conference ended on November 7 with a vigorous panel debate on the issue of beneficiation as the engine of growth for the country's diamond industry.

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The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is inviting members of the industry to a training session hosted by the RJC Human Rights Exchange on 25 November in London on ‘Executing Human Rights Due Diligence in jewelry business relationships - down and upstream.’
 
The training will be delivered by Sandra Atler, an Accredited RJC Topic Expert with a background in International Human Rights.
 

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The Second Zimbabwe Diamond Conference to take place next month will present the progress made by the country's diamond industry following its admission as a member of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in 2011. The importance to the global diamond industry of the developing Zimbabwe diamond trade is shown by the planned attendance of leading African mines ministers and diamond industry leaders.

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Industry leaders joined senior United Nations officials and representatives of UN-affiliated organizations for a special conference organized by CIBJO, to discuss the commitment of the jewelry and gemstone business to facilitate sustainable development in the countries and regions in which it is active at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

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The focus on the diamond-producing regions of Africa that was brought about by the Kimberley Process did more than just create a mechanism to prevent the infiltration of conflict diamonds into the pipeline; it also helped deepen the appreciation that diamonds and the diamond industry are essential ingredients to the well-being of ordinary people living in those areas, Avi Paz, President of the World Diamond Council, told the Plenary Session of

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Zimbabwean government officials plan to demand answers from diamond miners operating in the Marange diamond deposits in the east of the country to find out why revenues sent to Harare are so low.
 

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The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) has praised the lifting of restrictive measures on the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) by the European Union.
 

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Eli Izhakoff, President of the World Diamond Council, has supported without reservation the decision issued on May 23 by Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, Chair of the Kimberley Process, to suspend temporarily the Central African Republic (CAR) from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.

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