UN Day Flanders, 21 October 2019

UN Day Flanders, 21 October 2019

It is with pleasure that the United Nations Association Flanders Belgium (VVN) and CIFAL Flanders | UNITAR invite you to the United Nations Day Flanders.

We will reflect on the progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals in Flanders and on the challenges of the United Nations for the upcoming years. But also celebrate the 74th anniversary of the United Nations and the start of UN week.

On the programme

13:30 A coffee networking event and Marketplace

Information and promotional stands of UN agencies and related organisations

15:00 6 workshops

1. Agenda 2030 and the implementation of the SDGs in Flanders

      • Peter Wollaert, UNITAR Fellow & Managing Director CIFAL Flanders
      • Katrien Moens, Manager Duurzaam Ondernemen Voka
      • Nancy Matthys, Flemish Government Cabinet Chancellery (TBC)

2. Toolbox Business and Human Rights

      • Liliana Lizarazo Rodriguez, Professor UAntwerpen/Associate researcher IPIS Research
      • Alexander Lemmens, Het Facilitair Bedrijf  (TBC)

3. Education for Sustainable Development

      • Bea Merckx, Expert Education for Sustainable Development Artevelde
      • Flore De Pauw, UN Youth Delegate Flemish Youth Council

4. 100 years ILO – Achievements and roadmap for the Future of Work

      • Lieve Verboven, Director International Labour Organisation (ILO)
      • Eddy Laurijssen, expert on international labour issues

5. The role of Flanders in nuclear disarmament

      • Diederik Cops, Flemish Peace Institute
      • Tom Sauer, University of Antwerp
      • Ludo De Brabander, Representative Vrede vzw

6. Food security: resilience to climate change

      • James Okoth, Deputy FAO Representative Malawi FAO Malawi
      • Nikolas Bosscher, Deputy General Representative of the Government of Flanders: Development Cooperation (TBC)

16:30 High-Level Colloquium

    • The first European Sustainable Development Report: keynote by Guillaume Lafortune, writer of the report and Manager SDG Index UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
    • Keynote Chairman, Flemish Government
    • Keynote Minister-President, Flemish Government
    • High Level Panel: Belgium in the UN Security Council
      • Bénédicte Frankinet, Former Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations
      • Werner Bauwens, Deputy Director General Belgium in the UN Security Council (TBC)
      • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    • Musical intermezzo

19:00 Networking drink & food with Belgian flavour

Practical information

Date & timings: Monday 21 October 2019, 13:30-20:00

Venue: Flemish Parliament, Leuvenseweg 86 – in the city centre of Brussels

Language: English

Free event but registration is required and before Wednesday 16 October!




This UN Day Flanders is possible with the support of: