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KP Approves Plan for UN Secretariat

Nov 17, 2016 10:54 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Attendees at the Kimberley Process (KP) plenary in Dubai voted in favor of a proposal to set up a United Nations-mandated permanent secretariat to oversee the return of excluded countries to the diamond trade.

More than 300 delegates also gave the go-ahead to KP chair Ahmed Bin Sulayem’s plan to introduce a common fund to finance non-governmental organizations’ attendance at KP events. United Arab Emirates-based Bin Sulayem said his office will contribute $25,000 to help set up the fund and urged the industry to contribute the rest to create a total fund of $105,000.

Both proposals agreed on at the plenary will go before the UN General Assembly for adoption before the end of the year, the KP said.

“I look forward to working closely with the next KP chair to ensure these initiatives are implemented efficiently and effectively,” Bin Sulayem said.

Delegates also voiced support for work undertaken by the KP this year on a methodology for valuing rough diamonds. Australia-based Robert Owen-Jones, the KP chair for 2017, said the organization will continue to work on this under his leadership.

The Civil Society Coalition of non-profits boycotted the plenary but “five NGOs and industry experts did however attend,” the KP said. These included Albert Kabuya Muyeba, the former KP representative of Democratic Republic of the Congo-based CENADEP. Kabuya Muyeba was suspended for 15 days for accepting an invitation to the conference on CENADEP’s behalf in October.
Tags: Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Albert Kabuya Muyeba, Australia, CENADEP, Civil Society, Civil Society Coalition, permanent secretariat, Rapaport News, Robert Owen-Jones, un, United Arab Emirates, United Nations
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