The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has confirmed the Special Consultative Status held by CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, for the coming four years. The decision follows CIBJO's successful submission and the acceptance of its Quadrennial Report, covering the period 2014 through 2017.
One of the six main organs of the United Nations, ECOSOC serves as the principal body in the international organisation for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for implementation of the UN's internationally agreed development goals.
In so doing it engages a wide variety of stakeholders — policymakers, parliamentarians, academics, major groups, foundations, business sector representatives and registered non-governmental organisations, of which CIBJO is the sole representative from the jewellery and gemstone industries.
CIBJO became the first and only organisation in the diamond, gemstone and jewellery sectors ever to receive official consultative status within ECOSOC in 2006, and thus associated the industry with the mission to fulfil the UN's Millennium Development Goals, which in 2015 were replaced by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
During the 12-year period following its recognition by the United Nations, CIBJO has run numerous programmes and projects around the world, dedicated to instilling the principle that, while jewellery is a non-essential luxury product, the greater jewellery industry is an essential business sector, with the potential of creating sustainable economic and social opportunities in many of the world's underdeveloped regions.
"Our objective has been to expand the popular narrative about our product and our business, both inside the jewellery and gemstone industry, and in the wider community, as to what our responsibilities and potentials are when it comes to CSR and sustainability," said CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri, who over the past 12 years has been invited to address the ECOSOC High Level Segment on three separate occasions.