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December 2011
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World Diamond Council expresses regret at decision by global witness to leave Kimberley Process

December 5, 2011 / New York, USA
November 2011
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WDC describes 2011 KP Plenary meeting as 'historic success,' welcomes U.S. and South African agreement to lead in 2012/13
November 3, 2011 / Kinshasa - DRC
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World Diamond Council Welcomes agreement in Kinshasa enabling export of rough diamonds from Marange region
November 1, 2011 / Kinshasa - DRC
October 2011
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WDC President notes progress toward Marange agreement in speech to Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting in Kinshasa
October 31, 2011 / Kinshasa - DRC
June 2011
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Participants at public WDC meeting in Las Vegas express support for robust Kimberley Process
June 6, 2011 / Las Vegas, USA
May 2011
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Prominent Civil rights leader to join WDC panel presentation at JCK Show
May 17, 2011 / New York, USA
February 2011
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A Statement by the World Diamond Council
February 3, 2011 / New York, USA
January 2011
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Ari Epstein and Mark Jenkins join WDC Board of Directors
January 24, 2011 / New York, USA
November 2010
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Kimberley Process must remain inclusive to succeed, says WDC President in address to 2010 KP Plenary
November 1, 2010 / Jerusalem, Israel
October 2010
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World Diamond Council launches upgraded website
October 28, 2010 / New York, USA
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World Diamond Council welcomes dropping of charges against Zimbabwe human rights activist
October 22, 2010 / New York, USA
July 2010
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World Diamond Council Concludes 7th Annual Meeting with KP Agreement on Export of Diamonds from Marange
July 15, 2010 / St. Petersburg, Russia
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WDC President: KP Coalition of Government, Business and Civil Society Critical to Future of Diamond Industry
July 15, 2010 / 7th Annual Meeting of the World Diamond Council
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CIBJO President: Jewelry Industry Advanced in Integration of CSR Principles
July 15, 2010 / 7th Annual Meeting of the World Diamond Council
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WDC President Lauds Release of Zimbabwe Human Rights Activist
July 13, 2010 / World Diamond Council
June 2010
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WDC Calls for Continued Dialogue and Cooperation on KP
June 25, 2010 / Intersessional Meeting of the KPCS
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Giving back: From aid to trade
June 24, 2010 / National Jeweler
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WDC President: "Amend KP decision-making process"
June 21, 2010 / Intersessional Meeting of the KPCS
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WDC condemns intimidation of NGOs in Zimbabwe
June 4, 2010 / World Diamond Council
May 2010
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WDC Begins Registration For 7th Annual Meeting in Russia July 14-15
May 3, 2010 / World Diamond Council
January 2010
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WDC calls for industry to increase vigilance of potential trade in Marange diamonds
January 27, 2010 / World Diamond Council
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Industry Associations Coalition Meets with U.S. State Department, Urges Tough Action on Zimbabwe and KP Reforms
January 22, 2010 / Industry Associations Coalition
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WDC urges KP to appoint Special Monitor in Zimbabwe
January 15, 2010 / World Diamond Council
November 2009
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WDC Supports Immediate Action to Address Marange Diamonds in Zimbabwe
November 6, 2009 / World Diamond Council
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Kimberley Process Final Communique
November 5, 2009 / Kimberley Process P lenary
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WDC Calls on KP Leaders to Reinvigorate Process
November 2, 2009 / Kimberley Process Plenary
August 2009
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WDC Calls for Action on Zimbabwe
August 26, 2009 / World Diamond Council
July 2009
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Team Monitoring Diamond Trade Rebukes Zimbabwe
July 8, 2009 / The New York Times
June 2009
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KP Chair Report
June 25, 2009 / Intersessional Meeting of KPCS
May 2009
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WDC Condemns Human Rights Violations, Demands Action
May 3, 2009 / WDC Chair Speech at 2009 CIBJO Congress
April 2009
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KP Chair's Statement on High Level Envoy Visit to Zimbabwe
April 16, 2009 / Kimberley Process Secretariat - Namibia
March 2009
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KP Chair's Statement on Situation in Marange Diamond Fields, Zimbabwe
March 26, 2009 / Kimberley Process Secretariat - Namibia
December 2008
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WDC calls for concerted international action to halt theft of natural resources in Zimbabwe
December 10, 2008 / World Diamond Council
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KP Chair's Statement on Role of Diamonds Fueling Conflict
December 11, 2008 / 63rd Session of United Nations General Assembly
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Breaking the Link Between the Illicit Transaction of Diamonds and Armed Conflict
December 5, 2008 / UNGA Resolution A/63/L.52
November 2008
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KP Unity of Purpose Strengthened in Addressing Issues Posed by Alluvial Sector in West Africa
November 3-6 2008 / 2008 Kimberley Process Plenary
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For Us To Do Nothing Is To Betray Millions of Innocent and Vulnerable People
November 3, 2008 / WDC Chair Address to Kimberley Process Plenary
July 2008
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CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OF KIMBERLEY PROCESS
July 1, 2008 / World Diamond Council 6th Annual Meeting
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World Diamond Council Gala Dinner
July 1, 2008 / World Diamond Council 6th Annual Meeting
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Speech by Mr. Freddy J. Hanard, CEO of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre
July 1, 2008 / World Diamond Council 6th Annual Meeting
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The 5th Anniversary of the Kimberley Process
July 1, 2008 / World Diamond Council 6th Annual Meeting
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Chairman’s Report
July 1, 2008 / World Diamond Council 6th Annual Meeting
June 2008
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KP Chair Report
June 17, 2008 / Intersessional meeting of KPCS
NOVEMBER 2007
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2007 plenary in Brussels further consolidates the Kimberley Process
November 08, 2007 / 2007 Kimberley Process Plenary
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Valedictory remarks of Mr Karel Kovanda
November 08, 2007 / 2007 Kimberley Process Plenary
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Address to Kimberley Process Plenary
November 05, 2007 / 2007 Kimberley Process Plenary
OCTOBER 2007
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Speech by the President of Liberia: The sustainable use of Liberia’s diamond resources
October 15, 2007 / 2007 Antwerp Diamond Conference
JUNE 2007
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Kimberley Process: key players meet to strengthen efforts against conflict diamonds
June 11, 2007 / European Commission
MAY 2007
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Kimberley Process review visit to Zimbabwe to assess implementation of scheme to combat conflict diamonds
May 31, 2007 / European Commission
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Living Up To Diamonds…We All Have a Role to Play
May 10, 2007 / Idex Online
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WDC Renews Call for Continued Support of the Kimberley Process through Collective Partnership of all Stakeholders
May 10, 2007 / World Diamond Council
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Chairman's Report
May 10, 2007 / World Diamond Council
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WDC: Industry's future rests on ethics, transparency
May 10, 2007 / National Jeweler
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Kimberley Process: Liberia enters the diamond trade
May 05, 2007 / European Union
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Liberia re-launches diamond trade after embargo ends
May 01, 2007 / Boston Globe
APRIL 2007
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Liberia Diamond Ban Lifted: Vigilance Needed to Ensure Diamonds Promote Development
April 30, 2007 / Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada
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UN Lifts Ban on Liberia's Diamond Exports
April 27, 2007 / Diamonds.net
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Security Council Lifts Ban on Liberian Diamonds, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 1753
April 27, 2007 / United Nations Security Council
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UN lifts Liberia diamond sale ban
April 27, 2007 / BBC News
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Diamond Industry to Reaffirm Kimberley Commitment
April 12, 2007 / Idex Online
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WDC Seeks to Strengthen Commitment to Kimberley Process
April 12, 2007 / Diamonds.net
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Unprecedented Working Group on Conflict Diamonds
April 11, 2007 / World Diamond Council
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Kimberley Process: Commission welcomes boost to diamond scheme transparency
April 02, 2007 / European Union
MARCH 2007
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WORLD DIAMOND COUNCIL ANNOUNCES FIFTH ANNUAL MEETING
March 13, 2007 / World Diamond Council
FEBRUARY 2007
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WDC Responds to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announcement of seizure of smuggled diamonds
February 09, 2007 / World Diamond Council
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Blood-diamond talks hint at Darfur solution
February 05, 2007 / Chicago Sun Times
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Izhakoff Address at Rapaport Conference
February 05, 2007 / World Diamond Council
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Survey Shows that U.S. Jewelers Reassuring Consumers about Conflict Diamonds
February 05, 2007 / World Diamond Council
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How to shop smart for a girl's best friend
February 02, 2007 / USA Today
JANUARY 2007
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Stones of Contention
January 28, 2007 / The Telegraph
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Kimberley Process: Speech on the occasion of the pre-screening of the film Blood Diamond
January 23, 2007 / European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy
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State Dept. says Industry a 'Good Partner' on Conflict Diamonds
January 15, 2007 / JCKOnline
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Brilliant Healing Power
January 12, 2007 / New York Sun
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Blood Diamonds' Many Facets
January 11, 2007 / The News & Observer
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Ghana Will Pass KP Inspection
January 09, 2007 / IDEX Online
DECEMBER 2006
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WDC Chairman's New Year's Message
December 29, 2006 / World Diamond Council
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Blood Diamonds: A River or a Droplet?
December 27, 2006 / The Washington Post
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World Diamond Council Encourages Retailer Participation in NGO Survey
December 22, 2006 / World Diamond Council
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Industry Reps Tell Retailers: Prepare for NGO Conflict-Diamond Survey
December 22, 2006 / National Jeweler
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Conflict Diamonds Account for 0.1 to 0.2% of Diamond Trade
December 21, 2006 / Tacy Ltd
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U.N. Council Renews Liberia Diamond Ban
December 20, 2006 / The New York Times
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Kimberley Process--Fighting Blood Diamonds
December 19, 2006 / European Commission
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Sierra Leone frets over 'Blood Diamond' image
December 18, 2006 / Reuters
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'Blood Diamond': The Way it Was
December 15, 2006 / Washington Post
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Blood Diamond tells a necessary story
December 14, 2006 / The Philadelphia Examiner
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Jewelers react to film about conflict diamonds
December 08, 2006 / MSNBC
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Russell Simmons raising money for Africa
December 06, 2006 / The Washington Post
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Simmons Jewelry Company Delegation to South Africa and Botswana Returns from Fact-Finding Mission
December 06, 2006 / Simmons Jewelry Company
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Diamonds Symbolize Healthcare, Education and Empowerment
December 05, 2006 / Education and Empowerment
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Diamond trade now not like film, officials say
December 05, 2006 / MSNBC.com
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December 04, 2006 / United Nations Department of Public Information
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Diamond Biz Braces for Film Fallout
December 04, 2006 / Womens Wear Daily
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US Statement on UNGA Conflict Diamond Resolution
December 04, 2006 / Statement by Barbara M. Barrett, Senior Adviser, for the United Nations General Assembly
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Blood Diamond' stokes fears of gem backlash
December 04, 2006 / The Boston Globe
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General Assembly backs Kimberley Process to prevent diamonds from funding conflict
December 04, 2006 / United Nations Centre News
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The Role of Diamonds in Fueling Conflict Breaking the Link Between the Illicit Transaction of Rough Diamonds and Armed Conflict
December 04, 2006 / President of Botswana Festus Mogae, addressing the United Nations General Assembly
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Blood Diamond in the Rough
December 03, 2006 / USA TODAY
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Hollywoods Multifaceted Cause du Jour
December 03, 2006 / The New York Times
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A Pioneer Out of Necessity
December 01, 2006 / Financial Times
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Diamonds arent forever
December 01, 2006 / Fortune Magazine
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Russell Simmons - Russell in Africa
December 01, 2006 / YouTube
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International Diamond Industry Supports Amnesty International in its Call to Consumers to Demand Conflict-Free Diamonds
December 01, 2006 / World Diamond Council
NOVEMBER 2006
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Blood Diamonds are largely contained
November 30, 2006 / Mail & Guardian Online
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Hollywood Plays Rough With Diamonds
November 20, 2006 / Time Magazine
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Mogae Criticizes Campaigns Against Botswana Diamond Mining
November 14, 2006 / Index Online
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Pres. Mogae: Diamonds Play Major Role in Botswanas Transformation
November 13, 2006 / Rapaport News
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Positive Outcomes at Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting
November 13, 2006 / Partnership Africa Canada and Global Witness
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Diamond Industry Hails Success of Conflict Conference
November 09, 2006 / World Diamond Council
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Kimberley Process Final Communique
November 09, 2006 / Kimberley Process
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Are Blood Diamonds Forever
November 08, 2006 / Business Day
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Flows of blood diamonds, arms ebb in West Africa
November 07, 2006 / Reuters
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WDC: Failure of the Kimberley Process is not an option
November 06, 2006 / National Jeweler
OCTOBER 2006
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Killing Kimberley? Conflict Diamonds and Paper Tigers
October 31, 2006 / Partnership Africa Canada
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World Diamond Council Stands with Partnership Africa Canada and Renews Call to Kimberley Process Participants
October 30, 2006 / World Diamond Council
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UN Council Keeps Ban on Liberian Diamond Export
October 20, 2006 / Reuters
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Brazilian Diamond Exports Resumed
October 12, 2006 / Tacy ltd
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WDC Supports UN Recommendation to Improve Security of Diamond Trade and Alert Industry of Diamonds Originating from Ghana
October 12, 2006 / World Diamond Council Press Release
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WDC U.N. NGOs concerned over Ivory Coast rough-diamond smuggling
October 09, 2006 / National Jeweler
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In a rare interview De Beers chairman Nicky Oppenheimer says the industry has largely eliminated the problem of conflict diamonds.
October 08, 2006 / Newsweek
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WDC: Despite successes CDTA and KP need improvement
October 02, 2006 / National Jeweler
SEPTEMBER 2006
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Conflict Diamonds: Agency Actions Needed to Enhance Implementation of the Clean Diamond Act
September 29, 2006 / United States Government Accountability Office
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The World Diamond Council Responds to GAO Report
September 29, 2006 / World Diamond Council Press Release
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Letter to Kimberley Process Chair and Participants Regarding Ivory Coast
September 29, 2006 / World Diamond Council
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Diamonds are a Force for Positive Change
September 28, 2006 / IDEX Online
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Peace Diamonds
September 15, 2006 / Wall Street Journal Europe
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Letter dated 13 September 2006 from the Chairman of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1572 (2004) concerning Cote dIvoire addressed to the President of the Security Council
September 13, 2006 / United Nations Security Council
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Diamond industry launches DiamondFacts.org website
September 05, 2006 / Wall Street Journal Europe
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Gem biz is going for Blood: Diamond biz polishes image before pic bow
September 05, 2006 / Variety Magazine Los Angeles
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Media Talk: The Good Side of Diamonds; Before a Movie Shows the Bad
September 04, 2006 / The New York Times
AUGUST 2006
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Conflict: The Sixth C
August 30, 2006 / Canadian Diamonds
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Sierra Leone eyes a golden future
August 20, 2006 / BBC News
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WDC releases conflict diamond confidence pack
August 01, 2006 / National Jeweler
JULY 2006
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At this lab no stone is left unturned or unmarked
July 05, 2006 / The New York Times
JUNE 2006
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Diamonds are for terror
June 25, 2006 / Sunday Mail
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Guilt-free diamonds sparkle brighter for ethical shoppers
June 17, 2006 / The Times
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Global Witness
June 07, 2006 / Idexonline.com
MAY 2006
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Industry prepares to fight negative press about "Blood Diamonds"
May 25, 2006 / Professional Jeweler
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The diamond industry creates educational campaign on conflict diamonds
May 16, 2006 / Professional Jeweler
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Industry unites to educate public on conflict diamonds
May 15, 2006 / National Jeweler
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The diamond industry unites to create impactful educational campaign on conflict diamonds
May 15, 2006 / World Diamond Council Press Release
FEBRUARY 2006
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Hollywood blood diamonds predate industry actions
February 07, 2006 / Rapaport

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