Flanders launches new UN training centre


Flanders has become part of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research with the launch of a local training centre, one of only 14 worldwide

Cifal Flanders

Flanders has marked the 70th anniversary of the United Nations with the launch of a new training centre, Cifal Flanders, which becomes part of an international network of 14 centres. The centres are part of Unitar, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, based in Geneva.

Cifal (International Centre for the Training of Authorities and Leaders) has centres across the world, including Poland, Scotland, Brazil, South Africa, the US, Algeria and South Korea. The centres “provide innovative training throughout the world and serve as hubs for the exchange of knowledge amongst government officials, the private sector and civil society”.

The Antwerp International Training Centre on Corporate Opportunities (Antwerp-ITCCO), launched in 2012, has now been recognised as a Cifal centre. “With this official recognition of Cifal Flanders, the city of Antwerp sees one of its sustainability partners grow into a fully-fledged UN training centre,” commented city alderman Ludo Van Campenhout, one of the founders of Antwerp-ITCCO.

“As a founding partner of Antwerp-ITCCO, I consider this a logical and necessary step,” said Ari Epstein, CEO of the Antwerp Diamond World Council and Antwerp-ITCCO chair. “While there is a lot of work to be done on a local level, the greatest challenges for sustainability and socially responsible enterprise will be faced at the international level.”

Cifal Flanders’ task, he said, will be to promote the values and principles of the UN, to organise leadership training and to offer support to local authorities, organisations and companies for the implementation of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals.

Photo courtesy Unitar/Cifal