Addressing a special session of ECOSOC in New York, the Coordinator of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC) Michel Yoboué, called to value the Kimberley Process for what it is: a tripartite discussion forum operating a certification scheme that helps to organise the multi-national diamond trade. He warned against the tendency to misrepresent it as something it is not, namely a conflict prevention mechanism that would provide consumers assurances of diamonds’ conflict-free nature.
In order to understand the lessons to be learned from the Kimberley Process, it is essential to understand what it is and what it is not, not the least because it is often being misrepresented.
In our view, the question is not so much what can be learned from the Kimberley Process, but what the Kimberley Process can learn from other initiatives where time has not stood still over the past 20 years.Dr. Michel Yaboue
Dr Michel Yoboue, KP Civil Society Coalition Coordinator (GRPIE)
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