CIBJO, The World Jewellery Confederation, has paid tribute to Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), who died in Switzerland on August 18 at age 80. Anan formulated the eight international development goals that were codified in the UN Millennium Declaration that later morphed into the Sustainable Development Goals. CIBJO represents the global gem and jewellery industry at the UN Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) in working toward achieving these objectives.
CIBJO also joined the UN Global Compact, which is a United Nations initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation that was first proposed by Annan at the World Economic Forum in 1999.
CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri described Anan as "giant among men, whose legacy will be measured by the millions of people he helped save from abject poverty and hopelessness.”
Cavalieri added, "For the past 12 years, CIBJO has worked tirelessly to promoting our societal mission and introducing programmes that underscore our commitment to serving the welfare of all stakeholders in the global jewellery and gemstone sectors, and especially those of living in underdeveloped areas.”
He went on to say, ”Our contention has been that we, as members of a business community, should be considered by the greater society as being part of the solution. It is a doctrine that largely can be credited to the life and work of Kofi Annan."