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Special tour for early arrivers: visit waste management Flemish styleSelective collection and subsoil collection – Register via

Exclusive ISWA 2015 breakfast visit to the Red Star Line MuseumRegister via

9:30 – 18:00

Registration in Foyer
12.00 – 13.30
13.30 – 15.00

Plenary Opening Ceremony: Waste management at a turning point

Minister-President Geert Bourgeois on behalf of the Flemish government: Why Flanders is leading the way within Europe on waste and resource management

David Newman, president of ISWA: vision of waste management sector

Philip Heylen on behalf of the organizing committee sets the tone for the World Congress 2015

With a special performance of the Royal Ballet of Flanders and several international artists

Moderated by Nathalie Delporte

15.00 – 15.30
Coffee break
15.30 – 18.00
Formal presentation of the Global Waste Management Outlook: Can we make the most of our resources and waste?As circular economy gains importance, the link between the use of recovered waste streams and the global market in raw materials becomes stronger. These markets will influence the future of global waste management in a way that we do not asses today. Furthermore, considering waste to be a resource is a fundamentally different approach to what we are doing at this moment.
Introduction by Henny De Baets (administrator of OVAM)Dambisa Moyo (author and international economist): The global commodities market.
David Wilson (Editor in Chief of the GWMO, Independent Waste and Resource Management Consultant
Ibrahim Thiaw (UNEP Deputy Executive Director and Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations): Presentation of the Global Waste Management Outlook
Thomas Leysen (Umicore) – view of an industrial player
David Newman (ISWA): ReflectionModerated by Jacki Davis

2 parallel sessions:

1. Sustainable waste management and impacts on climate change:  the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

2. Technical solutions in waste management

19:00 – 21:00
Welcome Party with reception and finger food at Felix Warehouse, kindly sponsored by Grant Thornton. Night at the museum at MAS.
Diamond Cocktail, kindly sponsored by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre