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UN Day Flanders


It is with pleasure that CIFAL Flanders | UNITAR and the United Nations Association Flanders Belgium (UNA) 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 breakout sessions

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

      • Ine Baetens, Expert Sustainable Development, Flemish Government
      • Wim Dries, Chair Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) and mayor City of Genk
      • Katrien Moens, Manager Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Flanders’ Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Voka)
      • Wiske Jult, Policy Adviser Sustainable Development, 11.11.11
      • Peter Wollaert, UNITAR Fellow, Managing Director CIFAL Flanders and Chair UNA Flanders (moderator)

2. Toolbox Business and Human Rights

      • Marie-Dominique Parent, Human Rights Officer, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Europe
      • Liliana Lizarazo-Rodriguez, Professor, University of Antwerp/Associate Researcher, IPIS Research
      • Lotte Hoex, Researcher, IPIS Research
      • Valerie Geluykens, CSR Manager, JBC
      • Céline Van Hecke, Project Manager, CIFAL Flanders (moderator)

3. Education for Sustainable Development

      • Bea Merckx, Teacher Educator, Education for Sustainable Development, Artevelde University of Applied Sciences
      • Flore De Pauw, UN Youth Delegate, Flemish Youth Council
      • Dries Verhelst, Doctoral Student Education for Sustainable Development, University of Antwerp
      • Pascale Luyckfasseel, Principal, Primary School Sint-Juliaan ‘De Vlindertuin’
      • Ahmet Aydemir, Director CIFAL Istanbul and Project Coordinator, Bahcesehir University

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

      • Lieve Verboven, Director, International Labour Organisation Brussels (ILO)
      • Eddy Laurijssen, former Director, ILO Brussels
      • Tom Bevers, Head of Department, Federal Public Service Employment
      • Kris De Meester, Senior Adviser Competence Centre Labour & Social Security, FEB
      • Zaraï De Pelsmacker, Trainee Project Manager, CIFAL Flanders (moderator)

5. The role of Flanders in nuclear disarmament

      • Diederik Cops, Researcher, Flemish Peace Institute
      • Tom Sauer, Professor, University of Antwerp
      • Ludo De Brabander, Representative, Vrede vzw
      • Samuel Luyckx, Regional Coordinator for North America and West Europe, CTBTO Youth Group (moderator)

6. The Importance of Climate Resilience for Food Security

      • James Okoth, Deputy FAO Representative Malawi, FAO Malawi
      • H.E. Tedson Aubrey Kalebe, Ambassador of Malawi in Belgium
      • Eva Maes, Policy Adviser on Agriculture and Food Security, Flanders Department of Foreign affairs
      • Ruben Arnaerts, Trainee Project Manager, CIFAL Flanders (moderator)

16:30 High-Level Colloquium

    • Welcoming speech by Liesbeth Homans, Chair Flemish Parliament
    • Preview of the first European Sustainable Development Report: keynote on the main results and conclusions by Guillaume Lafortune, writer of the report and Manager SDG Index UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
    • High Level Panel: Belgium in the UN Security Council
      • Werner Bauwens, Deputy Director General Belgium in the UN Security Council
      • Johan Verbeke, Former Permanent Representative to the UN in New York; Director General Egmont Institute
      • Neri Sybesma-Knol, former Professor Law Faculty, Brussels University and former Director, Centre for the United Nations law, Brussels University
      • Kamiel Mesie, Political Affairs Officer UNLOPS
      • Bénédicte Frankinet, Former Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations (moderator)
    • Closing interview
      • Ahmet Aydemir, Director CIFAL Istanbul and Project Coordinator Bahcesehir University
    • Musical intermezzo
      • Edenwood Duo, Catherine Struys on guitar and Wouter Vercruysse on cello

19:00 Networking drink & food with Belgian flavour


Practical information

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

Venue: Flemish Parliament, IJzerenkruisstraat 99 – in the city centre of Brussels

Language: English


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Presentation session 2: Toolbox Business and Human Rights

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Presentation session 3: Education for Sustainable Development

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Presentation session 6: The Importance of Climate Resilience for Food Security

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Pictures of UN Day Flanders 2019 

More pictures available here.

Olivia Droeshaut © DYOD


This UN Day Flanders was possible with the support of:




Flemish Parliament
Brussels, + Google Map