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