CIFAL Flanders hosted the Action Learning Day on the Sustainable Development Goals

Workshop participants10 May 2017, Antwerp, Belgium – The International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders in Antwerp (CIFAL Flanders) in partnership with the Antwerp Port Tours, the Port of Antwerp and the University of Antwerp hosted the “Action Learning Day” at the Port of Antwerp to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Workshop participantsThe event brought together 30 International Business Administration students from the University of Antwerp to learn about Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the 17 SDGs. They also participated in site visits that gave them the opportunity to learn and discuss how the SDGs can be implemented at the Port of Antwerp.

Site visits included a tour of the Port of Antwerp to reflect on the importance of the implementation of the 5 P’s (People, Peace, Planet, Partnership, Prosperity) at the Port. Students also visited the “High 5 Recycling”, which is an innovative glass recycling plant in the Port of Antwerp, and the port village of Lillo where the participants learned about the connection between nature and the Port of Antwerp.

Workshop participants“The action learning day was a great opportunity to better get to know and experience the place where we're living and to estimate the (international) importance of Antwerp with its harbor. Seeing the high 5 recycling company and the harbor as a whole showed the importance of sustainable development in our world with limited resources and the responsibility for following generations and with our planet”, said Anna Wendolsky.

“I learned how important the port is for the city of Antwerp (what I hadn't realize before) and that it's first of all a harbor city and not the city of fashion and diamonds. Through the visit, I really realized that sustainability is an important point, which is practiced there. What I also enjoyed was to get a realistic view of all the work in the port through interviews, numbers/details, the daily life of workers and the professional guide”, pointed Charlotte Guyot.

Photo 1, 2 & 3: Workshop participants