Interchange, innovation, projects…
You have demonstrated your appreciation of the international interchanges of experience that we organise on a regular basis. We receive extensive feed-back expressing your satisfaction at finding good examples or specialists for your problems at our AIVP Days or World Conferences. This year, I am sure that our AIVP Days at Genoa on 26th to 28th June and our World Conference in South Africa at Durban and Cape Town on 3rd to 8th November will once again help you to make faster progress towards your goals for your city and port, applying innovative projects which will unite the living forces of your port city.
Urban Port, Enterprise-driver Port, Citizen Port
Since our last world conference at Nantes and Saint-Nazaire in June 2012, we have been using this new, perhaps more intuitive, vocabulary to better translate our ambitions for port-cities. During our exchanges of experiences, we found that port-city dialogue is permanently on-going and occurs simultaneously in the three dimensions, urban, entrepreneurial and citizen, which structure our work today.
Happy and prosperous year in 2014!
It is fashionable today, when speaking in public or writing in the press, to see the glass as half empty rather than half full. Is everything really so bad? The economy, society, biodiversity, climate, energy – there is no shortage of subjects for concern. They naturally demand actions on the scale of the challenges, and admit no place for national selfishness in our globalised contemporary societies. At AIVP, as in many other world-wide networks, we are working on this. Without being overly optimistic, but as President of an international association which by its nature is attentive to the transformations at work all over the globe, I would simply like to recall that the growth of international maritime trade has contributed extensively over the last few decades to the enrichment of a number of nations. Their inhabitants have gained access to a better quality of life and higher education.
Editorial : “Did you say IPCC?”
The most recent IPCC report has raised less of a storm than its predecessor published 6 years ago. In the absence of virulent controversy with climate-change sceptics, the press seems to be tiring of these alarmist reports, even though it continues to stress – paradoxically enough – that the data produced by the IPCC are conservative. Discouraging in advance all efforts towards a profound change in our development and consumption processes would be counter-productive. If nothing changes very soon, our children and grand-children, born today, may see water waist-deep in the streets of New York, Bilbao, Shanghai or Buenos Aires by the time they retire! Not to mention the many serious climate disorders affecting particularly southern hemisphere countries, where the social and economic tissue is already fragile.
Editorial : “Culture and competitiveness of port cities”
The AIVP Days in Helsinki (Finland), 13-15 June 2013
It is with great pleasure that we are to be able to welcome you to the General Meeting of AIVP, the worldwide network of port cities, in Helsinki on the 11th and 12th of June. More than one hundred delegates, representing port cities on every continent, are due to attend. Finland largely looks out onto the Baltic Sea and this entire European region has experienced remarkable economic dynamism since the end of the Soviet era more than twenty years ago. Helsinki and other Baltic port cities are at the front line of this growth. This economic impetus is accompanied by an equally remarkable urban revival. All around the country, pride is taken in architectural heritage whilst the improvement of quality of life in cities is of constant concern. This is why I am delighted that these new AIVP Days in Helsinki are dedicated to the theme “City-port culture and competitiveness”. Cultural strategies play an active role in the improvement of citizens’ wellbeing. It is also an important factor in the development of tourism. When it is possible to bring together culture with the port and its activities, then we have an extraordinary lever for development in each port city.
Hannele Luukkainen, Chairman of the Board, Port of Helsinki
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Editorial : “Port-cities seek new talent… “
According to a not very recent study by UNESCO, the number of researchers in developing countries increased by 56% between 2002 and 2007. By comparison, the increase in developed countries was only 8.6%. During the period, humanity gained nearly a million researchers from developing countries. The figures to be published soon will no doubt only confirm that this trend is accelerating.
This increase in the number of researchers worldwide is of course one of the key factors in overcoming the many challenges faced by our societies. In the context of its active participation in international meetings, in China, Africa, recently in India, and before long in California or Colombia, AIVP has identified many new talents who are already helping port-cities with innovative solutions to their development problems. These talents, whether working to find solutions for changes in energy, maritime transport as such, sustainable urban development or social dialogue, are the future of each of our ports and port-cities. We have just chosen Durban as the venue for our 14th World Conference in November 2014. A city committed to globalisation, and in rapid economic expansion; the principal port in South Africa – one of the five most dynamic developing countries in the world (BRICS). By choosing Durban, we hope to contribute new talents to port-cities!
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Secretary of the AIVP
Deputy General Manager of the Port of Brussels
Editorial : “Add a more human face to globalisation”
China, India, Africa, Latin America… For many years AIVP has encouraged the expansion of its worldwide network in emerging countries and supported local initiatives in port-city development. Stakeholders in development in these countries are regularly invited to AIVP’s international conferences to present their projects and raise their concerns.
There is a growing interest in AIVP’s work and new members have already joined from the southern hemisphere. There are also an increasing number of projects and research streams on the subject of port-cities: a port-city research centre in Costa Rica, port-city Observatory projects in Brazil and China, and working groups in various African associations. There is a notable interest in port-city relationships and many stakeholders seek AIVP’s expertise in this area. Naturally, AIVP’s management actively supports these advances and encourages their development through partnership agreements. Established 25 year ago, during which time AIVP has been engaged in on-going international development issues, the association draws strength from this new global dynamic and aims to help each port-city build its future and establish links with stakeholders in port and urban development worldwide. AIVP also seeks to add a more human face to globalisation by enabling stakeholders in port-cities to meet each other and talk.
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General Manager of AIVP
Editorial : “Let us become every day a little more players”
In an international economic climate filled with moroseness and pessimism, AIVP is distinguished by its unfailing activity and its confidence in the projects for tomorrow. Our AIVP Days seminar in Barcelona testified to this state of mind resolutely turned towards the new opportunities for the development of port cities, towards innovative projects which are making the port cities of today advanced posts of a responsible economy.
We are living a change in époque in which the questions of the management of resources and that of climate change are becoming more pressing. Nearly everywhere, projects are testifying to these new realities being taken into account by the decision makers. Undeniably, things are advancing, the movement has started. For several years already, AIVP have been putting into value these numerous initiatives of the port cities which are our future. It is also without any doubt for this reason that our worldwide network does not cease to attract new active members. In only a few decades, the world will be profoundly changed and we, stakeholders in the development of our port cities, have, today, the immense responsibility but also the immense privilege in taking part in this change. Instead of witnesses, let us become every day a little more players and let us dare!
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President of AIVP
Editorial : Rendez vous in Barcelona
A few months ago, coming to Saint-Nazaire for the 13th World conference of Cities and Ports of our Association, I discovered an industrial port city proud of its past and whose choices of development, urban, economic or cultural, reveal a shared vision of the future. Barcelona is, like Saint-Nazaire, a port city very concerned about the new global challenges, economic, environmental, climate, social… In 1989, we held there the second World Conference of AIVP when the first buildings of Port Vell had only just emerged from the ground in response to what was then called “the port wastelands”. Today, if the success of our initiative cannot be denied and contributed in profoundly transforming the image of the city, we have to go further and thus “build the city with the port” in order to implement new economic but also tourist, urban and social strategies. We have decided to engage down this path by mobilising all energies and I very warmly invite you to come on 13 and 14 December to the AIVP Days seminar in Barcelona to discuss with us the topic of “Transforming Ports, Changing Cities”.
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City of Barcelona, Spain
Editorial : Rio London, London… Rio
Summer 2012 is drawing to an end in the Northern hemisphere whilst the Southern winter is ending. These last three months will have been marked by two international events held at opposite ends of the world…
It all started in Rio with a morose Earth Summit during which no major decision for the construction of the world of tomorrow was able to be taken. A few weeks later, the Olympic spirit reigned over London, and in the port cities of the five continents we all vibrated at the exploits of the Jamaican Bolt, of the Kenyan Rudisha, of the Chinese Shiwedu, or of the British Wiggins. The contrast is striking. Could these two weeks of festivities and sharing not inspire us to meet at last the challenges of our human race? We are at the start of the last straight, and if the nations manifestly are still unable to clearly determine the place of the winning post, this should not slow down the local initiatives so dear to AIVP. Exchanges of good practices, apprenticeships, diffusion of knowledge, solidarity, pooling of ideas… here we find our Olympic spirit. We are counting on you to maintain it. In 2016, the Games will be held in Rio : a unique occasion to come full circle.
Jean Pierre Lecomte
President of AIVP
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