Today I welcome delegates to Perth for the Kimberley Process Intersessional meeting, the first of two meetings Australia will host as Chair of the Process in 2017.
The Kimberley Process, a partnership between government, the global diamond industry and civil society, was established in 2003 to eliminate 'conflict diamonds', ensuring that diamonds have not been used to finance or perpetuate conflicts.
During Australia’s term as Chair, we will focus on strengthening implementation of the Process, including ways to enhance the security of rough diamond shipments and certificates.
We will also lead a comprehensive review of the Kimberley Process to strengthen its integrity and ensure that the Process is well placed to lead international standard setting in the diamond trade into the future.
Australia will also host two special forums during the Intersessional meeting. The first will explore cooperation between Indigenous communities and the mining sector in Australia. The second will look at ways to address evolving consumer expectations, and ensure fairness and sustainability across the entire diamond value chain.
Australia has a strong economic interest in a sustainable and resilient mining sector and will continue to work with all stakeholders to forge a stronger and more comprehensive Process in relation to the diamond trade.
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