Led by Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission in the Juncker Commission, the European Union took over the chair of the Kimberley Process for 2018.
The EU was the KP’s 2017 vice-chair while Australia was heading the body. It automatically takes over the KP as per procedure, while India becomes 2018’s vice-chair and next year’s chair.
Mogherini, Italy’s former Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, had stated in 2016, when the EU was elected the Vice Chair for 2017, “It is part of our work for human rights – to make sure that diamonds produce wealth, not modern slavery.”
Mogherini also emphasised the KP’s role as a positive social force, commenting, “The main strength of the Kimberley Process has always been that it looks beyond governments, to civil society and to the private sector. This is our main asset as we chart the way ahead.”
The next KP intersessional meeting is slated for June in Antwerp, with a Plenary meeting in Brussels in November.