We have the ambition to be the benchmark in action learning: high-level, innovative, interdisciplinary, multi-actor and practical learning and training methods to create awareness and to support the implementation of the development goals of the United Nations and to build capacity in the field of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, accountability and transparency, based in the City of Antwerp, strongly anchored in Belgium and with an international reputation and clientele.
In close collaboration with the City of Antwerp, the Flemish Government, the United Nations Association Flanders Belgium (VVN), United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), the UN in Brussels and UNITAR, Antwerp-ITCCO is organising the celebration of United Nations Day in Antwerp for the first time.
Since 1948, United Nations Day is an occasion to highlight, celebrate and reflect on the work of the United Nations and its family of specialized agencies. This year’s UN Day theme, ‘Green Cities’, will shift our attention to one of the key challenges of our time: rapid urbanisation in cities, changing demographics and ageing infrastructures.
Celebrating this UN Day, Antwerp-ITCCO invites UN officials, representatives of the business sector, governments, civil society, academia and students to share their views and experiences on how to contribute to sustainable development in your organization and city.
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UN Marketplace during which specialised UN agencies and UN initiatives in Flanders and Brussels will be introduced, next to ‘Green Cities’ initiatives by the City of Antwerp such as Stadslab2050.
Confirmed their attendance: Association for the United Nations (VVN), Flemish Commission for UNESCO, UNESCO Platform Flanders, Flanders UN Trainee Programme, VVN Youth, UNRIC, International Labour Organization (ILO) Brussels, UNESCO Brussels, International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNICEF Belgium and World Food Programme (WFP).
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Keynote Alex Mejia, Manager Decentralized Cooperation Programme UNITAR in Geneva, followed by introductions and panel debate on the UN Day theme ‘Sustainability and Green Cities’.
Confirmed: Vice Mayor Ludo Van Campenhout, Vice Mayor Nabilla Ait Daoud, Chairmain Antwerp-ITCCO Ari Epstein, Chef de Cabinet Minister President from the Flemish Government Mark Andries, President of the World Youth Parliament for Water Bart Devos and General Manager Antwerp-ITCCO / UNITAR Fellow Peter Wollaert.
More details on the final programme will follow.
|18.00 – 20.00||Network Drink and UN Marketplace.|
Ethical banking policies and sustainable financial products as part of a company’s sustainability strategy
On Friday October 17th, Antwerp-ITCCO & Argenta invite you to their Action Learning Seminar (in Dutch) introducing and debating international ethical frameworks and sustainable banking products for financial professionals. Through interactive sessions, exercises and testimonials from Argenta, Van Lanschot, Triodos & Global Alliance for Banking on Values, Forum Ethibel, Vigeo, Fairfin, The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) and Febelfin, participants will receive practical information on how to implement sustainability in their financial management.
CSR E-learning course
The course will run from October 13th till October 31st and is organised as an e-learning, allowing you to take the course at the most suitable moment. The e-learning module is supported by a dynamic and interactive forum in which you can share ideas and best practices with other participants all over the world.
|The latest edition of Raak, the monthly magazine (in Dutch) of KWB, deals with sustainability. Peter Wollaert, General Manager of Antwerp-ITCCO, was interviewed on Corporate Social Responsibility. He underlined the necessity of integrating sustainable development in a strategic way in future-proof business models. You can find the articles here.|
On August 25th, Antwerp-ITCCO organized its first Action Learning on sustainable fashion in cooperation with Antwerp Management School and Flanders Fashion Institute. Participants were guided through the heart of the Fashion District, discovering sustainability best practices and issues throughout the sector and discussing innovative solutions.
|Meet your Buyer 2014 connects more than 400 public buyers and companies providing sustainable and innovative products and services. Meeting place is the city of Ghent in Belgium on Friday, the 26th of September 2014.|