AIVP – The Worldwide network of Port Cities: The Worldwide Network of Port Cities signs the 10 commitments of its 2030 Agenda for more sustainable, responsible and innovative development of port cities

AIVP – The Worldwide network of Port Cities: The Worldwide Network of Port Cities signs the 10 commitments of its 2030 Agenda for more sustainable, responsible and innovative development of port cities

Riga, 7 June 2019 - The Worldwide Network of Port Cities (AIVP), which brings together 1,900 people from the private and public sectors across all continents, has signed the 10 commitments that make up its 2030 Agenda. As the only international network working on urban and economic development and reducing the environmental impact of port cities, AIVP will thus contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Port cities all over the world are committed to the UN Port cities are facing a series of challenges of various scales, common to all countries: acceleration of urban development, concentration of populations along the coasts, constant increase in the flow of goods and people, digitalisation of the economy, the impact of climate change.... To meet these challenges and develop sustainable, responsible and innovative port cities, AIVP, the only international organisation that has been bringing together all public and private port-city stakeholders (elected officials, port authorities, companies, researchers) for more than 30 years, ratified a series of 10 commitments at its General Assembly in Riga, focusing on climate change, the well-being of inhabitants and economic development. The signatories, all members of the AIVP network, have pledged to implement these commitments by 2030, which are structured around 10 objectives: 1. Anticipating the consequences of climate change 2. Putting the port city regions at the heart of the energy transition and the circular economy 3. Improving mobility and combating urban congestion 4. Promoting the dialogue between ports and cities to consolidate research on economic and environmental performance with the well-being of residents 5. Investing in the human capital of port cities 6. Enhancing port cities’ unique culture and identity 7. Meeting the challenge of sufficient and good quality food for all 8. Providing residents with good housing conditions and cultural activities 9. Preserving the health of the inhabitants and improving their living conditions 10. Restoring and protecting terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity 30 ports, 9 elected officials, 7 companies present ratified these 10 commitments so that they can be presented to the UN this year as the contribution of port cities to the organisation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development Juris Pūce highlights: “Ports are the place where shipping interests meet fishing traditions and often also the interests of environmental protection. I am certain that the operation of ports can go hand in hand with the conservation of biological diversity, and many ports across the globe are a great example of this. Ports are a part of specific localities and specific environment, therefore I am pleased that also the ports of Latvia have become more actively involved in addressing the issues of environmental protection and conservation of natural values.”

For Philippe Matthis, President of AIVP, "The challenges of the port city have never been so numerous and complex to tackle. The response to these challenges must be collective and based on dialogue and knowledge sharing between all stakeholders: ports, citizens and communities. Today, by committing to these 10 objectives, we are building the port cities of tomorrow". 


About the Worldwide Network of Port Cities (AIVP) : AIVP is the only international organisation that has been bringing together public and private stakeholders in the development of port cities for more than 30 years: elected representatives of local maritime and river authorities, port authorities, urban and port operators, companies, universities and research institutes. Based in Le Havre (France), AIVP supports its 180 members in the implementation of innovative strategies enabling them to anticipate and face the changes that impact the economic, social and environmental development of port cities: urban-port integration, global reorganisation of economic circuits, the challenge of societal integration, climate change, the energy transition, cruise market dynamics, etc.


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