CIBJO receives special UN status

CIBJO, The World Jewellery Confederation, has become the only organization in the jewelry sector ever to receive official consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. This status will enable CIBJO to make a contribution to the programs and goals of the United Nations by serving as a technical expert, adviser and consultant to governments and the UN Secretariat.

The announcement about CIBJO’s new role was made by Hanifa Mezoui, a senior official at ECOSOC, who was a guest speaker on the first day of the 2006 CIBJO Congress, which opened on July 24 in the western Canadian city of Vancouver.

“ECOSOC for its part, has become increasingly multifaceted, consisting not just of NGOs with public service, non-profit objectives, but also those that have a blend of objectives, including effectively representing the interests of industry groups in the international context,” Mezoui said. “Hence, corporate social and environmental responsibility and codes of conduct have become as relevant to these organizations as to those that are strictly public service related. The World Jewellery Confederation is an example of one of those organizations that has more recently joined the ECOSOC family that has such a blend of objectives.”

“The decision by the UN agency to accept our application … represents an acceptance on the part of the United Nations that CIBJO in particular and the jewelry trade in general act as a positive force in promoting social ideals,” said CIBJO president Gaetano Cavalieri.