WDC President’s closing speech – KP Intersessional Antwerp - Ladies and gentlemen, Allow me first to thank the Chair and Vice-Chair, Mrs. Hardeman and Mr. Dwivedi, for their efforts in securing progress during this week.
On a lighter note, to the AWDC our appreciation for their amazing support and hospitality.
We can agree that their Gala dinner was simply awesome.
I would now like to share with you the WDC perspective onthe issues, work and progress achieved during this intersessional.
WDC President’s opening speech – KP Intersessional Antwerp - 18 years ago, the industry was mobilized by being confronted with atrocities financed through the trade in diamonds. It worked at first, with the UN, a few African countries and NGO’s to define a process denying criminals part or whole of the proceeds needed to wage war. 3 Years later an agreement was signed. The Kimberley Process.
Only recently have we seen the world waking up to other minerals being used to fund destabilizing violence.
So, what have we accomplished in 15 years of KP?
NEW YORK, NY, June 19, 2018 — The World Diamond Council, an industry group focused on preventing conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate global supply chain and protecting the value of natural diamonds, reaffirmed its commitment to driving ongoing positive change through reform at the 2018 KP Intersessional meeting being held in Antwerp, Belgium June 18-22. The Intersessional is an annual forum where members gather to discuss the technical aspects of the various working groups that comprise the Kimberley Process. Individual members of the WDC currently serve on a range of KP working groups that include Monitoring, CAR Monitoring Team, Statistics, Rules and Procedures, Participation and Chairmanship, Alluvial and Artisanal Production and Diamond Experts.
New York, NY, June 5, 2018—The World Diamond Council (WDC) System of Warranties (SoW) has entered a public review period following the completion of an industry review. The SoW review and reform process is part of the WDC Strategic Plan and is intended to help industry participants better implement and demonstrate commitment to responsible business conduct when buying or selling rough and polished diamonds. The reforms establish a new level of adherence for members and call on users of SoW statements to ensure their trading activities maintain strict adherence of universally accepted principles on human and labor rights, anticorruption and anti-money laundering in support of the obligatory Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) implementation.
New York, NY, May 31, 2018— The executive director of the World 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. This is the first time that the WDC presented to the U.S. State Department and supports the WDC’s strategy to raise awareness for, and encourage participation in, efforts to combat conflict diamonds.
The presentation is part of a series hosted by the U.S. State Department Office of Threat Finance Countermeasures (EB/TFS/TFC), which advances policies that seek to minimize the funding available to groups that pose a threat to domestic, international and regional security. This includes groups that exploit the illicit trade in conflict diamonds and minerals to fund their operations against legitimate governments.
New York, NY, May 16, 2018— Stephane Fischler, acting president of the World Diamond Council (WDC) and Marie-Chantal Kaninda, executive director of the WDC, traveled last week to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to meet with key stakeholders involved in the Kimberley Process (KP). Fischler and Kaninda met with the chair of the Working Group on Artisanal and Alluvial Production (WGAAP), the Minister of Mines, the Center for Evaluation, Expertise and Certification (CEEC) chair, deputy chair and team, the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), DRC civil society members and mining companies, cooperatives and exporters.
NEW YORK, NY, April 24, 2018— The World Diamond Council (WDC), an industry group focused on preventing conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate global supply chain and protecting the value of natural diamonds, announced today its support of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance (DDG) at the Annual OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains.
NEW YORK, NY, April 17, 2018— More than a dozen members of the World Diamond Council (WDC) will attend the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains this week, and two members will serve as panelists in a discussion about the future of diamonds. As the first mineral based industry to introduce its own due diligence process for responsible supply chains (in conjunction with governments and under the United Nations), the diamond sector is in a unique position to offer insight and guidance, based on the success of its own Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), which has been in place since 2003.
New York, NY, March 28, 2018— Marie-Chantal Kaninda, executive director of the World Diamond Council (WDC), used the diversity of the diamond supply chain as an example of the successful collaboration that results from globalization of the economy in her opening speech at the Africa-Belgium Business Week (ABBW) Forum this week. Kaninda served as the president of the fifth edition of the ABBW, a forum organized by Africa Rise, a Belgium-based organization that aims to facilitate contact between European businesses and their African counterparts to promote Africa’s economic and social emergence.
United Nations General Assembly Side Event – Kimberley Process Panel Discussion
March 7, 2018
Remarks by WDC Acting President, Stephane Fischler
Panel Title: “The Kimberley Process, sustaining peace and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: the diamond industry as a model for transforming lives.”
The role of diamonds in fuelling conflict: breaking the link between the illicit transaction of rough diamonds and armed conflict as a contribution to prevention and settlement of conflicts
Nine of the leading diamond industry organisations (AWDC, CIBJO, DPA, GJEPC, IDI, IDMA, USJC, WDC and WFDB) have developed the present guideline to encourage full, fair and effective use of a clear and accessible terminology for diamonds, synthetics diamonds and imitations of diamonds by all sector bodies, organisations and traders.
This Diamond Terminology Guideline serves as a reference document for the diamond and jewellery trade when referring to diamonds and synthetic diamonds. It is built on two internationally accepted standards: the ISO 18323 Standard (“Jewellery – Consumer confidence in the diamond industry”) and the CIBJO Diamond Blue Book.
NEW YORK, NY, December 14, 2017— With 2017 Plenary Session of the Kimberley Process drawing to a close, the World Diamond Council (WDC), the industry representatives of the KP focused on preventing conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate global supply chain and protecting the value of diamonds, today extended praise and gratitude to Participants at the gathering, for embracing the spirit of collaboration and open dialogue around KP reform.
“This week we spoke openly and transparently about areas of the KP in need of the most urgent reform, and I am pleased that we have come together and agreed the way forward for us both as the Kimberley Process and as the diamond industry,” said Stephane Fischler, Acting President of the WDC. “Many important proposals have now been agreed to, and we salute the positive and constructive spirit present during this Plenary that has contributed to secure these outcomes.”
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, November 14, 2017 - Honorable Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Participants, on behalf of the WDC, I would like to thank everyone for embracing the spirit of collaboration and extend a special thank you to the Chair of the KP for facilitating and leading such open discussions at this year’s KP Plenary session.
I would also like to acknowledge and thank the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade for organizing and hosting such a successful event. I would also like to thank China for their impressive work on the Compendium on Rules and Procedures.
The Kimberley Process (KP) Plenary session commenced in Brisbane, Australia, on Sunday, December 9, and we wanted to share with you how the meetings are evolving.
Prior to the commencement, the World Diamond Council (WDC) led bilateral meetings with members of the KP family including the Chair, some of the 81 KP member countries and the Civil Society Coalition.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, November 10, 2017 - Honorable Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is an honor for me to address you today and it’s a pleasure to be in Australia again, for this closing session of the KP year. I would also like to thank the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade for their warm hospitality and excellent organization of this session.
his Plenary is the first of three crucial Plenary sessions, as we entered the three-year cycle of KPCS review. We won’t look back, but forward only. Not for 3 years, but for many years to come.
At our recent Annual General Meeting in Dubai, I quoted an Arabic saying: The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that is it too low and we reach it. This reform cycle is not about blocking criticism, it’s about growth; it’s not about being bold, it’s about being true. I hope that that will be the language we shall use the coming days, the true one.
NEW YORK, NY, December 6, 2017 — WDC Re-launches Updated diamondfacts.org Website to Showcase Diamond Industry - The World Diamond Council (WDC), an industry group focused on preventing conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate global supply chain and protecting the value of natural diamonds, today called for an open discussion around Kimberley Process reform at the KP Plenary meeting to be held in Brisbane, Australia December 9-14, 2017.
Antwerp, BELGIUM, African Diamond Conference, November 14, 2017 — At a speech given today at the African Diamond Conference by Stephane Fischler, the President of the Antwerp World Diamond Center (AWDC) and acting President of the World Diamond Council (WDC), Fischler reaffirmed both organizations’ commitment to the Kimberley Process as an important tool in protecting the legitimate supply chain from conflict diamonds.
NEW YORK, NY, October 20, 2017— The World Diamond Council (WDC), an industry group focused on preventing conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate global supply chain and protecting the value of natural diamonds, concluded its 13th annual meeting this week in Dubai. The event was hosted by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) and attendees represented one of the most complete and inclusive group of global diamond industry participants in recent WDC AGM history.
NEW YORK, NY, July 25, 2017— The World Diamond Council (WDC), an industry group focused on preventing conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate global supply chain and protecting the value of natural diamonds, will hold its 13th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 15-17, 2017. The meeting will be hosted by Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC). Among the items to be discussed at the AGM are industry recommendations for the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) review cycle and a proposed renewal of the WDC System of Warranties.
NEW YORK, NY, July 06, 2017 — The World Diamond Council (WDC), an industry group focused on preventing conflict diamonds from entering the global supply chain and protecting the value of natural diamonds, reaffirmed its commitment to the Central African Republic (CAR). The WDC supports the efforts in preventing the trade of conflict diamonds originating from CAR and stresses the collaboration of intergovernmental organizations and civil society groups to monitor the situation on the ground. A recent Global Witness report on diamond trading in CAR similarly highlights the importance of continual cooperation from all parties involved in the trade of diamonds in the region.
NEW YORK, NY, June 28, 2017 — The World Diamond Council (WDC), an industry group focused on removing conflict diamonds from the global supply chain and protecting the value of natural diamonds, today announced that current president Andrey Polyakov will be resigning by the end of the week. Current WDC Vice President Stephane Fischler will become acting President effective July 1, 2017. Mr Fischler will serve in this capacity until the end of the term of this Board, at which time he will start his two year term as WDC President. Polyakov became President of the WDC in May 2016 after serving as Vice President for the organization the year prior.
NEW YORK, NY, May 8, 2017 — The World Diamond Council (WDC), along with other KP tripartite members, took significant steps forward on many issues concerning the rough diamond pipeline at the annual Intersessional Meeting held in Perth, Australia. For the second consecutive year, the WDC also held an Observers Forum alongside the KP Intersessional meeting where WDC members, African Diamond Producers Association, the Civil Society Coalition and the Diamond Development Initiative achieved consensus on proposals to strengthen KP internal controls, establish a policy on conflict of interest and create a KP permanent secretariat.
NEW YORK, NY, May 1, 2017 - World Diamond Council (WDC) members representing every sector of the diamond industry, join together on May 1 – 4 at the 2017 Kimberley Process Intersessional Meeting in Perth. The focus of this year’s meeting is the start of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) review cycle in order to strengthen the Kimberley Process.
NEW YORK, NY, February 27, 2017 - The World Diamond Council (WDC) announced that the Board of Directors has named Ms. Marie-Chantal Kaninda as Executive Director effective March 1, 2017. Ms. Kaninda will be replacing Patricia Syvrud, who is stepping down on February 28th.