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IN JULY 2000, THE GLOBAL DIAMOND INDUSTRY ANNOUNCED ITS ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY TOWARDS CONFLICT DIAMONDS AND CONTINUES TO DRIVE THIS POLICY.

Diamond Facts -- Fact 6In 2000, at the World Diamond Congress in Antwerp, the international diamond industry created the World Diamond Council and announced the industry's zero tolerance policy towards conflict diamonds. The World Diamond Council worked to help create and implement the Kimberley Process, and is still working to support and improve it. In addition and in keeping with the industry's determination to eradicate conflict diamonds, the World Diamond Council and its members agreed to provide assurance-to all purchasers up to final sale-that the diamonds being sold were from conflict free sources. This assurance, called the 'System of Warranties,' involves a written statement on all invoices declaring that, to the best of the supplier's knowledge, the diamonds are from conflict free sources.

While the number of conflict diamonds has been reduced from approximately 4% to significantly less than 1%, it is still not enough. The diamond industry continues to work towards eliminating conflict diamonds entirely.

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Fact #1: An estimated 5 million people have access to appropriate healthcare globally thanks to revenues from diamonds.
Fact #2: Conflict diamonds have been reduced from 4% to considerably less than 1%...
Fact #3: An estimated 10 million people globally are directly or indirectly supported by the diamond industry.
Fact #4: The diamond mining industry generates over 40% of Namibia's annual export earnings.
Fact #5: Diamond revenues enable every child in Botswana to receive free education...
Fact #6: In July 2000, the global diamond industry announced its zero-tolerance policy towards conflict diamonds...
Fact #7: Sierra Leone is now at peace and exported approximately $125 million diamonds in 2006.
Fact #8: Approximately one million people are employed by the diamond industry in India.
Fact #9: Approximately $8.5 billion worth of diamonds a year come from African countries.
Fact #10: More than 99% of diamonds are now from conflict free sources...
Fact #11: The Diamond Development Initiative was established to improve...
Fact #12: The revenue from diamonds is instrumental in the fight against the HIV/AIDS...
Fact #13: Under the Kimberley Process, rough diamonds can only be exported and imported when accompanied by a certificate...
Fact #14: The charity Jewelers for Children funds a community based care program...
Fact #15: An estimated 65% of the world's diamonds come from African countries.
Fact #16: Today, 74 governments...
Fact #17: The diamond industry has introduced a system to help give greater assurances to retailers...
Fact #18: Diamonds account for 33% of the GDP...
Fact #19: Major world leaders - including Nelson Mandela - have cited the importance of diamonds...
Fact #20: It is estimated that one million people work in the informal (astisanal) alluvial diamond digging sector.
Fact #21: Some diamond producing countries are not Kimberley Process compliant.
Fact #22: In November 2007, 74 governments, leading NGOs, and the World Diamond Council agreed...
Fact #23: At the 2006 Kimberley Process Plenary, the industry committed funds and resources to address challenges...
Fact #24: In August 2007 Turkey was welcomed as a participant in the Kimberley Process.
 
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