New practices, new challenges
The biennial World Conferences Cities & Ports are always exceptional events in the life of AIVP. Prepared well in advance and with great enthusiasm, they are an opportunity to mobilise our global network around themes selected for their key relevance to the challenges and projects of today’s port cities. They also bring together the community of AIVP members, active stakeholders in the development of cities and ports, some of whom have been following our work assiduously for over 20 years.
Mega-ships: which impacts for port-cities?
This year’s annual general meeting of our association in Malaga will once again be an opportunity to bring together all those with a stake in the sustainable development of port communities. In Malaga we will be debating the issue of mega-ships, not just the shipping behemoths but also the giant cruise liners, which for many of us are a very real manifestation of globalisation, and perhaps of its excesse… Port authorities and local communities need to work together to devise new strategies.
For more than 25 years, AIVP is the privileged witness to the developments under way in the cities and ports all over the world. The Dock Infos is one of those meetings the AIVP put forwards to its worldwide network to insure its creation purpose: sharing experiences, as attested by some of our member’s feedback.
President of AIVP
Download Dock infos N°100, april 2016
United for success
For AIVP’s members, 2016 will be a year particularly rich in events in port cities, whose diversity reflects particularly well the richness of our own network. In addition, of course, to our 15th world conference, which is due to take place in Rotterdam in early October, this year’s activities will kick off in April in Antwerp, where AIVP’s Port Center Network group will hold a new seminar on societal integration. Then it will be on to Lorient, France, to learn about the city’s plans as part of a study trip in May, and the following month we will be in Malaga, Spain, for our 2016 General Meeting and another round of AIVP Days. In July, Ningbo will be the setting for AIVP’s first regional meeting in China.
A future that will necessarily be more respectful of our planet
It is hard not to wonder whether we are on the right path. Terrorist threats, global climate and environmental crisis, the migrant crisis, economic problems of all kinds all over the planet… all is not well in the world. It is plain to see every day, that we are all – both individually and collectively – in some way affected by the climate of fear for ourselves and our children. What we lauded as the ideal development model has negative impacts that we have failed to appreciate, and is now coming up against the bitter reality of our world and its limited resources.
Proper dialogue between cities, ports and economic operators is more vital than ever
With fluctuating freight rates and the threat of overcapacity, recent orders for giant container ships by multinational maritime operators are raising concerns. The successive global or regional crises that have hit our development model, heavily dependent on sustained growth in mass consumption, reflect the urgent need for new sustainable development strategies. So what exactly is the thinking behind these shipowner strategies?
Pride, ambition and determination
I received the news of my election as the new President of AIVP in Dublin on 28 May with a mixture of pride, ambition and determination.
Pride first, of course, at being chosen to succeed Jean-Pierre Lecomte, who has steered our association effectively through its evolution over the last six years. Once again, our thanks to you Jean-Pierre for your work.
Hand-over of Presidency
As I announced at the closure of our 14th World Conference in Durban, this year I will not be standing for re-election as President of the Board of AIVP. These six years at the head of our association have been years of profound changes both for the world of associations and for port cities. New subjects for port-city collaboration have emerged: the fight against climate change and anticipation of its consequences, the importance of integrating ports into society and of dialogue with citizens, smart coordination between cities, ports and businesses, etc.
Your success is our business
If an international network can be judged in terms of the diversity of its projects, then AIVP can without doubt be said to have made a very active and dynamic start to 2015! For evidence, consider the renewed international monitoring of city-port projects, a Guide of Good Practices, a regional seminar in Guadeloupe, another in Dublin, a 2016 world conference in the pipeline, various study trips planned, a partnership being developed with our Chinese friends in Ningbo, actions to promote societal integration through AIVP’s Port Center Network…