CIBJO’s newly elected senior officers. President Gaetano Cavalieri (centre) is flanked from left by Marc-Alain Christen, Chief Financial Officer; Roland Naftule, Vice President; Corrado Facco, Vice President; and Eli Avidar, Vice President.
November 7, 2017
As is the custom of the World Jewellery Confederation, a gathering of the organisation’s General Assembly, representing all the member associations and commercial bodies, concluded the 2017 CIBJO Congress.
The three-day congress, running from November 5 through 7, and preceded by three days of steering committee meetings, had brought to Bangkok from around the world some 150 official delegates and a total about 300 participants, and covered a wide range of issues. There was a strong focus on responsible sourcing, Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability, particularly in the coloured gemstone sector.
For CIBJO, 2017 is an election year, and the CIBJO General Assembly elected Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri to another two-year term as President. For the first time, three Vice Presidents were elected: Roland Naftule of the United States, Eli Avidar of Israel, and Corrado Facco of Italy. Marc-Alain Christen of Switzerland was reconfirmed as the organisation’s Chief Financial Officer and a new Board of Directors was elected, also for a two-year term.
Addressing the members, the CIBJO President delivered a detailed report of the previous year’s activities, covering the ongoing work of the Secretariat and Administration; relationships with other organisation, including United Nations agencies; CIBJO’s education programme; and visits and meetings that had taken place since the 2016 CIBJO Congress.
The General Assembly also provided the opportunity to recognise industry bodies that had taken part in the CIBJO’s Greenhouse Gas Measurement Initiative, and Moya McKeown of Carbon Expert, CIBJO carbon foot-printing and offsetting consultant, was present to hand out certificates to industry bodies that had achieved carbon neutrality, including CIBJO itself for the fourth year running.
As the only jewellery industry body with special consultative status in the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council, Dr. Cavalieri reiterated the World Jewellery Confederation’s commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were declared in 2015 with a target date for completion of 2030. He read from a letter he received a day earlier from a senior UN official:
“At the United Nations, we are aware of the fact that, since it was granted a Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, CIBJO is fully committed to encourage and educate its members to work in close line with the principles and goals of the United Nations. For this reason, I would like to congratulate you for ensuring a soft and effective transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
“Our goals of peace and of sustainable development are common. In that context, I encourage you to continue your efforts towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. CIBJO has already proven that, through its activities, it is promoting sustainable industrialization through SDG 9 as well as new inclusive and economic opportunities, as referred in SDG 8. These opportunities are important vehicles for achieving SDG 1 calling for the eradication of poverty. I know how your efforts are fruitful in that matter, especially since the predominant rough distribution hub, in the diamond industry, is now managed in the producing countries rather than being exported for processing in the other countries – a significant step forward for developing countries.”
“I would like to extend my encouragements as you are also actively working to achieve SDGs 14 and 15 for the protection of our oceans and our lands. We share the idea that responsible environmental management is beneficial in more ways. As for the jewellery and gemstones area, sustainable use of physical environment and biodiversity contribute to the quality of your products and thus, to the economy and the industry.”
“The United Nations values your commitments. Working in such area requires understanding the great assets of diversity, of inclusion and of cultural interaction. I wish to express my confidence that by educating your members on diversity and ethics, CIBJO will continue to be a SDG enabler.”