CIBJO Discusses Social and Economic Issues at UN Forum

A delegation headed by CIBJO president Gaetano Cavalieri met with United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki Moon to discuss the global jewelry industry’s efforts to help eradicate poverty and increase awareness of environmental issues, as well as the organization’s endeavour to play a pivotal role in improving the livelihoods of those involved in the jewelry production pipeline, in particular in developing countries.

The meeting with Ban Ki Moon took place earlier this month in Geneva where the CIBJO delegation attended the 2007 session of the Economic and Social Council, which serves as the central UN forum for discussing international economic and social issues and for formulating policy recommendations. The session’s meetings are being held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, July 2 to 27.

The UN Secretary General was accompanied to the meeting by Hanifa Mezoui, chief of the NGO Section at ECOSOC. The CIBJO delegation consisted of Cavalieri; Richard Peplow, a member of the CIBJO’s Presidential Council; Marc-Alain Christen, CIBJO chief financial officer; Piero Blondi, vice president of the Italian Trade Association and member of CIBJO Sector II; Pierre Strauss, UN liaison to CIBJO, and Mila Bonini, CIBJO director.

Ban Ki Moon commended the world jewelry confederation on its exemplary role in creating an innovative partnership between the jewelry industry and the UN principles.

“We were all inspired by his interest and his resolve to help bring the principles of the United Nations to our industry,” Cavalieri said. “The UN Secretary General expressed his support of CIBJO’s effort in this regard, and stressed the need to employ and to strengthen all the instruments required to assure the international community that diamonds and other jewellery products are assets of peace.”