KP focuses on reforms as Russia debate flops

Presiding: President Mokgweetsi Masisi has championed Botswana’s diamonds for development campaign PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Presiding: President Mokgweetsi Masisi has championed Botswana’s diamonds for development campaign PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

Members of the Kimberley Process who met in Kasane this week have shifted their focus to formulating a reform agenda for the organisation, after a proposal to debate Russia’s invasion of Ukraine failed following a four-hour stand-off.

Russia, the world’s largest producer of rough diamonds, is a member of the Kimberley Process, together with Ukraine and more than 80 others who comprise producing nations, major markets, industry bodies and civic society monitoring groups.

The two-decade-old Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, known commonly as 'the KP' is the world’s top anti-conflict diamonds organisation, backed by the United Nations through a resolution of its General Assembly.

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