Ensuring Diamonds Are Truly Conflict Free

Miners pan for diamonds near Koidu in northeastern Sierra Leone near the Guinean border, June 2004. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Jose W. Fernandez serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.

U.S. Kimberley Process Chair Ambassador Gillian A. Milovanovic and the rest of the U.S. Kimberley Process (KP) team achieved a significant number of successes during the annual KP Plenary, November 27-30, 2012, which took place at the Department of State, in Washington, D.C. On January 1, South Africa will take over from the United States as Chair as the KP marks its 10th anniversary. The Kimberley Process is a voluntary effort to prevent diamonds that fuel rebel movements’ activities from entering into the global supply chain, thereby creating confidence in an industry that supports millions of workers in mining, cutting and polishing, wholesale, and retail trade. The KP includes 80 countries, as well as observers… more »

U.S. To Host Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 19, 2012


On November 27-30, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez and Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic, Chair of the Kimberley Process, will host the annual Kimberley Process Plenary. The Plenary will take place at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. The attendees will discuss a range of topics related to the mining and trading of rough diamonds.

The United States holds the Kimberley Process Chairmanship in 2012. The Kimberley Process is a joint government, industry, and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds – rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments.

Assistant Secretary Fernandez; Ambassador Milovanovic; the Honorable Susan Shabangu, Minister for Mineral Resources of the Republic of South Africa; Mr. Eli Izakoff, chairman of the World Diamond Council; and a representative of the Civil Society Coalition will deliver opening remarks on Tuesday, November 27 in the Loy Henderson Auditorium room from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. A press conference at the conclusion of the meeting will take place on Friday, November 30 in room 1107 from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Both events are open to credentialed members of the media. MORE