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For the first time in the 95-year history of the World Jewellery Confederation, the 2021 CIBJO Congress will be conducted virtually, enabling work to continue safely and uninterrupted during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

So as to enable optimal participation of delegates living in different time zones across the globe, the congress will take place over a longer-than-usual  period of time, during hours that will be convenient for the largest possible number of participants. The Opening Session is scheduled for Monday, November 1, 2021, with consequent sessions running November 2 through November 4, and from November 15 through November 18.

All Congress sessions will be recorded, and will be made available to delegates who were not able to participate because of time retraints. Several sessions will be streamed live to an unrestricted worldwide audience.

CIBJO Congresses serve as the official gathering place for the World Jewellery Confederation’s Assembly of Delegates. They also are the venue for the annual meetings of CIBJO’s sectoral commissions, where amendments can be introduced to the organisation’s definitive directories of international industry standards for diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, gem labs, precious metals and coral, known as the Blue Books. Congresses are also where the programme of the World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF) and CIBJO’s ongoing cooperation with the United Nations is reported upon.