Awareness of the conflict diamond phenomenon began in the late 1990s with an increasing interest in the issue from non-governmental organizations as well as decisions from the United Nations. The global diamond community decided to unite forces and work together to maintain the good name of the diamond industry.
The State of Israel was among the first countries to work to raise awareness of the conflict diamond issue and play a part in establishing the Kimberley Process. Following is a list of events related to the Kimberley Process in which
August 1999 – a Visit of Non-Governmental Organizations
Representatives of Global Witness, a non-governmental organization based in the
See Shira Ami’s article on diamonds and human rights from HaYahalom magazine issue 159.
|2000 Diamond Conference|
April 2000 – Second International Rough Diamond Conference
The second international rough diamond conference was held in
See Shira Ami’s article in HaYahalom magazine issue 161.
The Israel Diamond Exchange management published a decision supporting the global fight to stop the trade in conflict diamonds, whose sources were the diamond mines of rebel forces in
See Shira Ami’s article ‘Conflict Diamonds and the
September 2000 - Founding Conference of the World Diamond Council in
The World Diamond Council (
The founding conference of the World Diamond Council took place in
|Issuing the Very First Kimberley Process certificate|
January 2003 -
After two years of international discussions concerning the ways to prevent the trade in conflict diamonds, an agreement was reached to enforce the trading of rough diamonds only between countries committed to the scheme known as the Kimberley Process.
The agreement was endorsed by the United Nations, and at this time 45 governments were involved in the Process as well as
See Shira Ami’s article ‘
The State of Israel was the second country to volunteer to undergo a Kimberley Process review visit. The review team dedicated many hours to examining the implementation of the Scheme in the Diamond Controller’s office, and also toured diamond factories, the diamond exchange, and met with leaders of the Israeli diamond industry. Jacob Thamage, the Chairman of the team, remarked: “In
See Shira Ami’s article ‘Israel Passes