STATEMENT BY MR. NIRUPAM SEN, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE, ON AGENDA ITEM 11 – THE ROLE OF DIAMONDS IN FUELLING CONFLICT AT THE 63RD SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON DECEMBER 11, 2008
Posted in News by Admin on January 5th, 2009
Mr. President,Diamonds have played a particularly significant role in causing and prolonging conflict in several countries, as a result of the misuse of wealth generated from this resource. In addition to financing devastating armed conflicts, the illicit trade in rough diamonds also impacts negatively on the legitimate international trade in diamonds. Efforts to address the problem, through the perspective of an overall development agenda, must focus not only on the supply side, but also on all parts of the supply chain, including processing, trading, and purchase by the consumer.
It is in this context that the Kimberley Process [KP] has proved to be remarkably successful, in breaking the linkage between conflict and illicit trade in diamonds, thereby protecting the peace, livelihood and security of millions of people across the globe. This success has translated into an increase in legitimate trade in diamonds. Today, diamonds have emerged as a vehicle of economic progress and as a means to confront developmental challenges in many countries. Over these years, the KP has emerged as a model for multi-stakeholder effort, in which national governments, industry and civil society have successfully collaborated to prevent conflict and promote peace, stability and development.
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