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terça-feira, 15 de maio de 2012

World Jewellery Forum - Mais de 99 por cento dos diamantes são hoje "livres de sangue"

Mais de 99 por cento de todos os diamantes do mundo, em qualquer fase da cadeia de valor, são legítimos e possível de ser determinada a sua origem. Por outras palavras, são "livres de conflito".

A garantia foi dada pela ministra sul-africana das Minas e dos Recursos Mineiros, Susan Shabangu, no âmbito do World Jewellery Forum, a decorrer em Vucenza, Itália.

Na imagem de cima, a cerimónia de inauguração, na presença do Presidente da  entidade organizadora, Fiera di Vicenza, Roberto Ditri, do Presidente da Câmara de Vicenza, Achille Variati e do Conselheiro para a Região de Veneto.

O comunicado:

The World Jewellery Forum, an event organised by Fiera di Vicenza in concurrence with VICENZAORO Spring, opened yesterday in Vicenza. It is the first time that a double event of the two annual world congresses of the World Diamond Council (WDC), and CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation have been held together in Italy. The ceremony was attended by the President of Fiera di Vicenza, Roberto Ditri, the President of the WDC, Eli Izhakoff and the President of CIBJO, Gaetano Cavalieri.

The opening of the activities was presided over by the Mayor of Vicenza, Achille Variati and the Veneto Region’s Councillor for Tourism, Marino Finozzi. The day’s agenda saw important issues being discussed including the application of new ways to strengthen the Kimberley Process, the international protocol which, with its traceability certification system, has obtained significant results in the fight against conflict diamonds and the illegal trafficking of precious stones, and programmes, sponsored by the United Nations in collaboration with the two associations, to develop Corporate Social Responsibility in the jewellery production line.

“The 14th of May 2012 is a day that will go down in the history of Fiera di Vicenza and our city. It is, in fact, the first time that Italy has hosted the annual meetings of these prominent international jewellery associations and it is a great honour for us,” said the Roberto Ditri, the President of Fiera di Vicenza. “The WDC has achieved significant results in the last few years in the battle against conflict diamonds.

By hosting the congress here, Fiera di Vicenza confirms the importance of working together to spread awareness on such topics as how to apply the principles of Social Corporate Responsibility. In recent years, Fiera di Vicenza has been organising specific training programmes on the subject through congresses, meetings and projects.” The World Diamond Council was set up in 2000 with the aim to contribute in the fight against diamonds being used as a means of exchange to nurture conflicts.

President Eli Izhakoff declared himself to be extremely satisfied with the achievements reached so far as a result of the joint efforts of the United Nations, non-governmental organisations and associations such as the World Diamond Council, but he also made it clear that there is still a lot of more to be done.

The South African Minister for Natural and Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu, and the United States Ambassador, Gillian Milovanovic, current President of the Kimberley Process, also took part in the WDC Plenary Session.

Minister Shabangu underlined how the partnership between governments, industry and civil societies, aided by the work of the Kimberley Process, now means that more than 99% of all diamonds along any value chain are legitimate and able to be traced from their origin. In other words, “conflict free.”

The World Jewellery Forum is proceeding today in Pavilion L with an event organised by ITCCO (International Training Center of Corporate Opportunities), the training centre associated with the United Nations, which is working on the latest and most pressing themes in the jewellery business, such as the code of ethics, sustainability, human rights, employment and environmental protection.

ao centro, a ministra sul-africana das Minas e dos Recursos Mineiros, Susan Shabangu

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