The mission of CIFAL Flanders is to develop capacities of individuals, organisations and institutions to enhance global decision-making and to support country-level action for shaping a better future.
CIFAL Flanders is part of UNITAR’s network of International Training Centres, dedicated to provide innovative training to strengthen the capacities of government and civil society leaders to advance sustainable development.
Twice a year our Board of Directors comes together to discuss and decide upon our annual action plan and budgets.
Our Board of Directors consist of following members:
- Antwerp World Diamond Centre
- Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce
- Fonds voor de Diamantnijverheid
- International Jewellery Confederation CIBJO
- Port of Antwerp
- United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
- University of Antwerp
Two founding members are Observer in the board:
CIFAL Flanders has its offices in the city of Antwerp, in Belgium. Due to the complex governing structure of Belgium, CIFAL Flanders has to take in account the federal, regional and the local levels of government.
The city of Antwerp
Antwerp is the most populous city in Flanders, and economically especially important for Flanders and Belgium because of the Port of Antwerp. The port is one of the biggest in Europe. For more information on Antwerp, visit the website of the City of Antwerp and their website for tourists.
The Flemish Region territory coincides with the Dutch language area, and was given autonomy on a number of important policy areas since Belgium became a federal state in 1993. The Flemish government exercises power on policy areas such as education, mobility, culture, environment, housing and cities.
For more information on Flanders, visit the website of Flanders and the tourism website where you can find all the information you need on popular cities such as Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, Mechelen or Leuven.
The Federal level of government in Belgium still holds several important policy areas such as finance, justice, social security, foreign affairs and internal affairs. The capital of Belgium is Brussels, home to the European institutions and several important international organisations such as NATO.
For more information, visit the website of Belgium.