The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (Kimberley Process or KP) is an international governmental certification scheme that was set up to prevent the trade in diamonds that fund conflict. Launched in January 2003, the scheme requires governments to certify that shipments of rough diamonds are conflict-free.
In 1998, Global Witness launched a campaign to expose the role of diamonds in funding conflict, as part of broader research into the link between natural resources and conflict. In response to growing international pressure from Global Witness and other NGOs, the major diamond trading and producing countries, representatives of the diamond industry, and NGOs met in Kimberley, South Africa to determine how to tackle the blood diamond problem. The meeting, hosted by the South African government, was the start of an often contentious three-year negotiating process which culminated in the establishment of an international diamond certification scheme. The Kimberley Process was endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and launched in January 2003. Read more...
How are you helping to reduce the presence of the unauthorise trade of rough diamonds?
Everyone CAN DO a little
How about you? What part will you play and how can you ensure that your diamond purchase is not a Conflict Diamond that does not benefit African nation.
What do you do to discourage the existance of Blood or Conflict Diamonds?
What To Do?
• Raise Consciousness. We need to raise consciousness within the jewelry industry about the problem of blood diamonds so that people will stop trading them.
• Stay informed. Visit diamonds.net for background information and google Marange diamonds to stay up to date.
• Return diamonds that you suspect may be blood diamonds. Pay careful attention to diamonds that have a green hue.
• Ask Before You Buy. As noted in the HRW campaign*, “Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds, Ask Before You Buy,” asking is probably the most important thing you can and should do.