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UN Day 2017, Brussels


On Tuesday 24 October 2017, CIFAL Flanders | UNITAR hosted a High-Level Colloquium and Marketplace celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations.

This year’s edition was held in the context of the Global Science, Technology & Innovation Conferences (www.gstic.org), an initiative of VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research.


15h30 Welcome and Marketplace UN Agencies in Brussels

16h30 High-Level Colloquium

Welcome and introduction by Dirk Fransaer, Managing Director VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research

Presentations on the role of technology in achieving the SDGs

  • Nikhil Seth,United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • Alexander De CrooBelgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecommunications and Postal Services
  • Yannick Glemarec,Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme for UN Women
  • Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN-Habitat

Panel discussion on transfer of technology and the SDGs moderated by Francesca Vanthielen

17h35 Youth perspective: short presentations

  • Sippora Zoutewelle, Dutch model and Bollywood actress
  • Winner of the G-STIC Challenge

17h45 Keynote speech on the guiding role of SDGs for the future Sustainable Development System by Li Yong, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development 

18h00 Closing Words by Christine Vermylen, Secretary-General Argenta and Vice-Chair Board of Directors CIFAL Flanders

18h15 Networking drink

19h00 Closing time



When: Tuesday 24 October 2017
Where: Tour & Taxis, Havenlaan 86C, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Language: English
Registration is free of charge, but mandatory (before Monday 23 October 2017)


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SPEECH Christine Vermylen
Secretary-General Argenta and Vice-Chair Board of Directors CIFAL Flanders

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The Colloquium celebrating the United Nations Day is an initiative of CIFAL Flanders, in close collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the Global Science, Technology & Innovation Conferences (G-STIC) and the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) and with support of the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) and Brussels Airport.




Tour & Taxis
Havenlaan 86c
Brussels, 1000 Belgium
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