Gaetano Cavalieri was unanimously re-elected President of the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO), a capacity in which he has served since March, 2001.
On the closing day of CIBJO's July 24-27 congress in Vancouver Cavalieri commented, “Several years ago, soon after becoming president of CIBJO, I compared our organization to an expensive red Italian race car, which looks very good and can drive very fast, but not many people know how to drive it properly. I think that we are doing a lot better today, and our car is spinning about the track at great speed. But we can go faster, and we must drive carefully. I hope that you come along with me on this exciting journey,”
During the July 24-27 congress the CIBJO was awarded consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. It is the first time such status given to an organization within the jewelry sector.