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KP Wants Industry to Fund Civil Society Attendance

Oct 26, 2016 5:58 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Diamond industry members participating in Kimberley Process (KP) activities will be required to pay twice so that a non-profit group can also attend, under plans put forward by the KP chair.

Anyone from the trade attending a review visit, mission or meeting at a KP intersession or plenary will contribute matching funds, United Arab Emirates-based KP chair Ahmed Bin Sulayem (pictured) proposed.

Diamond trade bodies typically do not contribute towards non-governmental organizations participating despite having “significant resources,” Bin Sulayem said.

“Our position is that this is not fair, nor an effective way of harnessing Civil Society’s unique perspective and potential,” he added.

Bin Sulayem intends for there to be a decision on the proposal in the final communique at the upcoming KP plenary in Dubai November 13 to 17. It will then be adopted by the UN General Assembly by the end of this year. Funds would be distributed in such a way that full independence of Civil Society is maintained, he pointed out.
Tags: Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Civil Society, Civil Society Coalition, Kimberley Process, KP, KP Plenary, NGOs, non-profit group, Rapaport News, United Arab Emirates
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