Ewout Ramon and Elke Boers are representing UNU-CRIS at the UN Day 2017, Brussels

24 October 2017

Come and join Ewout Ramon, UNU-CRIS Research Assistant to the Director and Elke Boers, UNU-CRIS Project Researcher at the UN Day 2017 at Tour & Taxis in Brussels on 24 October 2017 to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the UN Charter. 

This year’s edition will focus on the role of science, technology and innovation in achieving the SDGs.


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)
  • ​Yannick Glemarec, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme for UN Women
  • Alexander De Croo, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecommunications and Postal Services

Panel discussion on transfer of technology and the SDGs

  • Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General of International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat

Youth delegates

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

Keynote speech on the guiding role of SDGs for the future Sustainable Development System by Dessima Williams, Special Adviser for Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Closing Keynote speech by Li Yong, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

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

18h00 Networking drink

19h00 Closing time 

Please visit Cifal Flanders for further information.