1965: the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is established as an autonomous body within the United Nations system.

2000: the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is launched to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation.

2000: world leaders adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

2006: the World Jewelry Confederation (CIBJO) becomes a member of ECOSOC, the United Nations Economic and Social Council, to help advance UN programs and goals.

2010: in June, on the occasion of the first executive course on CSR jointly organized by CIBJO and HRD Antwerp, UNITAR and CIBJO initiate discussions on a possible collaboration for the development of a comprehensive CSR training program to promote the MDGs and the UNGC principles in the diamond and jewelry industry.

In September, during a two-day event at the Shanghai World Expo, UNITAR, CIBJO, the World Diamond Council, HRD Antwerp and the City of Antwerp agree on the creation of a training center in Antwerp under the joint UNITAR-UNGC umbrella.

2011: the Antwerp International Training Center for Corporate Opportunities (ITCCO) is inaugurated at the Rodenborch House, in Antwerp, on 23 May, in presence of Mr. Kris Peeters, Minister-President of Flanders, Mr. Patrick Janssens, Mayor of Antwerp, Mr. Ludo Van Campenhout, Vice-Mayor of Antwerp and Dr. Carlos Lopes, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNITAR.