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WDC Seeks to Strengthen Commitment to Kimberley Process

Apr 12, 2007 5:05 AM   By Avi Krawitz
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RAPAPORT... Diamond industry leaders will focus on their commitment to the Kimberley Process at the fifth annual meeting of the World Diamond Council in Jerusalem in May 2007, the WDC said April 12, 2007.

The meeting, to be held May 9-10, "will focus on how the industry, governments and civil society groups can and need to work together to focus the success of the Kimberley Process to affect real change for all members of the diamond industry, specifically within the alluvial sector, which is the most susceptible to conflict," a WDC press statement read.

The meeting will also review the successes of the 2006 education campaign with the view of refining the core message for the 2007 campaign.

“In 2006, the issue of conflict diamonds received global attention and the diamond industry had a unique advantage of having addressed this issue seven years ago with the creation and implementation of the Kimberley Process," WDC stated. "However, it is our responsibility and obligation to not only continue the success of the Kimberley Process, whereby 99.8 percent of the world’s diamonds are from conflict-free sources, but to also move the dialogue forward to address the issues surrounding conflict, such as working conditions and alluvial mining.”

Speakers scheduled to address the meeting include Gareth Penny, managing director of De Beers; Sergey Vibornov, president of ALROSA; Lev Leviev, chairman of the Leviev Group of Companies; Ernie Blom, president of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses; Jeff Fischer, president of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association; and Gaetano Cavalieri, president of the World Jewelry Confederation (CIBJO.)
Tags: Alrosa, CIBJO, Conflict Diamonds, De Beers, Gareth Penny, Jewelry, Kimberley Process, Leviev, World Diamond Council
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