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TODAY, 74 GOVERNMENTS AND THE LEGITIMATE DIAMOND INDUSTRY ARE ALL COMMITTED AND LEGALLY BOUND TO ERADICATING CONFLICT DIAMONDS.

Diamond Facts -- Fact 16A committed working partnership including the governments of South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, Global Witness, Partnership Africa Canada, the World Diamond Council, De Beers and the United Nations was instrumental in establishing the Kimberley Process. By 2002, 52 governments had ratified and adopted the Kimberley Process. Since then, this number has increased gradually and today stands at 74 countries globally. The Kimberley Process is a simple intergovernmental process where rough diamonds are sealed in tamper-resistant containers and required to have forgery resistant, conflict free certificates with unique serial numbers each time they cross an international border. Today more than 99% of diamonds are now from conflict free sources and traded under the UN-mandated Kimberley Process. While the number of conflict diamonds has been reduced from approximately 4% since the establishment of the Kimberley Process to significantly less than 1%, it is still not enough. The diamond industry will not rest until conflict diamonds are eradicated completely. For a full list of Kimberley Process participants, click here.

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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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