On November 27-30, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez and Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic, Chair of the Kimberley Process, will host the annual Kimberley Process Plenary. The Plenary will take place at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. The attendees will discuss a range of topics related to the mining and trading of rough diamonds.
The United States holds the Kimberley Process Chairmanship in 2012. The Kimberley Process is a joint government, industry, and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds – rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments.
Assistant Secretary Fernandez; Ambassador Milovanovic; the Honorable Susan Shabangu, Minister for Mineral Resources of the Republic of South Africa; Mr. Eli Izakoff, chairman of the World Diamond Council; and a representative of the Civil Society Coalition will deliver opening remarks on Tuesday, November 27 in the Loy Henderson Auditorium room from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. A press conference at the conclusion of the meeting will take place on Friday, November 30 in room 1107 from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Both events are open to credentialed members of the media.
Tuesday, November 27
Pre-set time for cameras: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
Friday, November 30
Pre-set time for cameras: 10:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 11:00 a.m. from the 23rd St. entrance
Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).
Kerry Humphrey: 202-647-0677 | EPPDMedia@state.gov