2018 Kimberley Process Intersessional

Press release
U.S. Mission to the EU
June 22, 2018

The United States participated in the 2018 Kimberley Process (KP) Intersessional in Antwerp, Belgium from June 18-22 under the chairmanship of the European Union. This year, the United States is proud to support the Kimberley Process reform agenda inside the KP’s Ad Hoc Committee on Review and Reform. The Intersessional begins preparations for the KP Plenary in November, where final decisions are taken.

The United States reiterated its strong concern for the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), where there are five Western zones from which rough diamonds can be exported lawfully consistent with the KP. Hundreds of thousands of rough diamonds from across the country are still exiting illegally, which underscores the important work of the KP CAR Monitoring Team to assist the CAR government with monitoring its rough diamond exports.

Over the past 15 years the KP has made an incredible impact on minimizing the presence of conflict diamonds in the legitimate supply chain; however, the KP is in need of meaningful reform to meet the expectations of the modern consumer. To accomplish this, the United States continues to encourage our partners in the KP to embrace an expanded definition of a conflict diamond as part of its reform agenda as we also explore options to improve administrative aspects of the KP.

The United States welcomes continued dialogue on how the KP can best support the principles of due diligence and responsible sourcing in the rough diamond supply chain in 2018. Given strong international consensus by member states for the OECD Due Diligence Guidelines, the Lusaka Declaration pertaining to responsible treatment of natural resources in Africa, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, we encourage KP partners to express positions in the KP that reflect these national-level policy endorsements.

We call on all partners of the KP, including member states and independent observers the World Diamond Council, Civil Society Coalition, and Diamond Development Initiative, to join us in seeking meaningful Kimberley Process Reform in 2018.