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WDC to Host Panel Discussion at JCK Vegas

May 6, 2010 1:45 AM   By World Diamond Council
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Press Release: The World Diamond Council (WDC) will be hosting a panel discussion during the educational program of the upcoming JCK Las Vegas Show, entitled "Diamond Dialogue — the Kimberley Process and Consumer Confidence."

The event is scheduled take place on June 3, 2010 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Titian Room, number 2201, which is located on Level 2 of the Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center. It will be sponsored by the Diamond Information Center (DIC).

The WDC's president, Eli Izhakoff, said the panel discussion would present a current snap shot of the decade-long campaign to eradicate the trade in conflict diamonds, what challenges the Kimberley Process (KP) is currently facing and what measures are needed to improve its operation and the situation on the ground. In particular, the panel will look at the new initiatives being undertaken by the KP to ensure consumer confidence in the diamond trade.

Joining Izhakoff on the panel will be Brad Brooks-Rubin of the U.S. State Department; Matt Runci, the president of Jewelers of America (JA); Cecilia L. Gardner, president and chief executive office (CEO) of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC); Noora Jamsheer of the UN Panel of Experts on Cote D'Ivoire; John Hall, the corporate relations manager at Rio Tinto; and representatives of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) active in the industry. The discussion will be moderated by Dorothee Gizenga, the director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI).

A light lunch will be provided.

The World Diamond Council (WDC) was established in July 2000 to develop a diamond and jewelry industry-wide response to the problem of rough diamonds being used by rebel groups to finance civil war. As a result of the commitment and resolve of WDC leaders and members, working in cooperation with the international community, national governments and civil society, significant strides have been made toward resolving and reconciling these issues. The development and implementation of the KP, for example, has reduced the flow of conflict diamonds in the marketplace from approximately 4 percent to significantly less than 1 percent.

The WDC today represents over 50 industry organizations — from mining companies and trade associations to manufacturers and retailers worldwide.
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