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Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030 Panel with CIBJO Discusses Sustainability and the UN Agenda at VicenzaOro

Vicenza, September 10, 2023 – Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030, represented by Executive Director and Secretary General, Iris Van der Veken, recently participated in an enlightening discussion with CIBJO President, Gaetano Cavalieri at VicenzaOro. The event provided a dynamic platform for industry leaders to share knowledge and collaborate towards a sustainable future for the watch and jewellery sector.

Ms. Van der Veken expressed her appreciation for the warm welcome and meaningful discussions held with Dr. Cavalieri and the World Jewellery Confederation – CIBJO. These engagements underscored the importance of collective action on the 2030 agenda, a vital framework for addressing humanity’s highest aspirations.

While recognising these collaborative strides, Ms. Van der Veken emphasized the collective responsibility to ensure the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Halfway to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development deadline, we must acknowledge that we are leaving more than half the world behind,” she noted. The SDG Progress Report shows that just 12 percent of the Sustainable Development Goal targets are on track, while the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate crises, and inequalities loom large.

As an industry of beauty and emotions, the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030 recognises its unique opportunity and responsibility to lead the way towards human dignity for all. It remains committed to harnessing these insights and partnerships forged at VicenzaOro to drive sustainable change within the industry.

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About the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030

Driven by a common conviction that the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aspirations for a sustainable industry can only be achieved through collaborative efforts, the Watch and Jewellery Initiative 2030 has been launched by Cartier and Kering. The Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030, Member of the Global Compact and signatory of the Women Empowerment Principles is a global initiative open to all Watch and Jewellery players with a national or international footprint committed to a common core of key sustainability goals in three areas: building climate resilience, preserving resources, and fostering inclusiveness.