Given the spread of coronavirus (COVID-2019), the Russian Federation has decided not to hold the Intersessional meeting in a face-to-face format, the Kimberley Process (KP) Chair announced on the organization's website. "Instead, we propose to organize it in virtual format on 8-9 June, 2020."
A letter from the KP Chair, Alexey Moiseev, to the KP Participants and Observers reads as follows:
"As you are all aware, on 11 March 2020 the World Health Organization decided to give the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak the status of a global emergency. Due to the spread of the disease, many countries have introduced extra precautionary measures to avoid unnecessary risk of its transmission or quarantine, including travel restrictrictions and prohibition of large gatherings.
Taking into account these restrictions, recommendations of various international bodis and public health authorities and to ensure the health and safety of the KP Participants and Observers, the Russian Federation has decided not to hold the Intersessional in a face-to-face format.
Instead, we plan to organize virtual joint KP sessions and working bodies' meetings on 8-9 June 2020. Therefore, I encourage Chairs of the working bodies to consider and advise by 10 April how many virtual sessions they would need to hold."