The Kimberley Process (KP) said the European Union (EU) will be its chair in 2018, meaning the bloc will serve as vice-chair next year.
The EU, which last chaired the KP in 2007, will take over from Australia in January 2018, the year in which India will serve as vice chair and then as chair in 2019 – that’s in line with a joint bid put forward at the KP intersessional meeting in May. The KP confirmed the appointments in a communiqué released at the end of last week’s plenary in Dubai.
The EU and Indian chairpersons will be announced at a later stage. In 2017, the KP will be chaired by Robert Owen-Jones, who currently serves as assistant secretary of the Australian competitiveness branch in the nation’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.