The World Diamond Council (WDC) has announced that its 12th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City from Sept 7–9 2016.
Hosted by the newly formed United States Jewelry Council (USJC), the body that brings together the views and actions of the US jewellery industry trade associations relative to responsible and sustainable sourcing, the meeting is being sponsored by jewellery giant Signet Jewelers – the premier and gala sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include ABN AMRO Bank, Brink’s and UL.
Among the items to be discussed during the AGM are the current agenda of the Kimberley Process (KP), the implementation of the WDC’s first-ever strategic plan, and an enhanced communications platform positioning the WDC as the industry voice to respond to KP and conflict diamond-related issues.
The agenda will start on the afternoon of Sept 7 with the first of two WDC board of directors meetings, followed by a welcome cocktail reception. Maurice Tempelsman, chairman of the board of Lazare Kaplan International Inc., will make the keynote address at the opening session of the AGM on Sept. 8. He’ll be joined by a number of high profile speakers from the diamond industry and government. This meeting will also focus on the upcoming KP Plenary meeting taking place later this year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.