DFP Webinar#3 Voices from Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition

Have you ever considered where beautiful, sparkling diamonds come from and what type of work is involved to mine them?

Diamonds are used not only in engagement rings and other jewelry but also in electronic devices and cutting tools.

Diamonds for Peace (DFP) is holding a series of 4 webinars so that you can get to know more about the issues surrounding diamonds and potential solutions. Come join us!

[Webinar #3]

Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) was established to prevent rough diamonds financing conflicts from being circulated in legitimate markets. Has it been functioning as it is supposed to? What are the challenges KPCS is facing?

The members of Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC) will address the human rights issues especially in Africa, the issues KPCS is facing, and proposed solutions.

Date: Wednesday, October 28th 2020
Time: About one hour starting at 8:00PDT/10:00CDT/11:00EDT/15:00GMT/16:00CET/17:00CAT
Admission: Free
Language: English
Registration: Please register yourself at the below URL

Webinar media: zoom (DFP will email the zoom URL to participants a few days before the webinar)
Inquiry: Please email to: info[at]diamondsforpeace.org

[About the Speaker]

Shamiso Mtisi

Global Coordinator, Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC)

Deputy Director, Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA)

Shamiso is responsible for programme design, fundraising and functions as head of operations at ZELA.
As a global coordinator of KPCSC, Shamiso monitors trade of conflict diamonds around the world.

With over 18 years of experience working in the extractive sector, mining, agriculture and natural resources sector, he has extensive research and advocacy experiences on responsible sourcing, human rights, diamond mining, extractive industries, water resources management, intellectual property rights and farmer’s rights. He has also published several research papers on the role of parliament in playing an oversight role in the mining sector, including training for parliamentarians in Zimbabwe and Malawi.

He holds a Masters in Law (LLM) in Constitutional and Human Rights Law from Midlands State University. He also holds Bachelor of Laws Honours (LLBS) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe and a Certificate in Environmental Law from the IUCN Graduate Environmental Law Programme. Shamiso is registered with the High Court of Zimbabwe as a legal practitioner, notary public and conveyancer.

Hans Merket

Hans joined the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) as researcher in 2016. IPIS, based in Antwerp, is the only non-African member of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KP CSC). As the civil society watchdog to the Kimberley Process, the KP CSC pushes for responsible diamond governance. IPIS supports the Coalition as a research institute with its analyses and expertise on issues of natural resources, conflict mapping and business & human rights.

Hans coordinates IPIS’ work within the KP CSC and IPIS’ broader research program on (ir)responsible diamond mining and trade. With IPIS, Hans studied and mapped artisanal and small-scale mining in countries like DR Congo, Tanzania and the Central African Republic, as well as the impact of large-scale mining on adjacent communities. He was part of the KP CSC core team following the last three-year reform cycle of the Kimberley Process (2017-2019), where participating states again failed to reach consensus on broadening the scope of the KP certification scheme. Hans has a PhD in law from Ghent University in Belgium.

[DFP Webinar Series 2020]

#1: Issues surrounding Diamonds and DFP’s Proposed Solutions (Done)

#2: Voices from Botswana Diamond Mines (Done)

#3: Voices from Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (This webinar)
28th October 2020 (Wed) 8:00PDT/10:00CDT/11:00EDT/15:00GMT/16:00CET/17:00CAT
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dfp-webinar3-voices-from-kimberley-process-civil-society-coalition-registration-122784745479

#4: Emerging Technology for Transparent Supply Chains
13th November 2020 (Fri) Registration coming soon


Looking forward to seeing you at the webinars!