Building the City Port of 2030 will mean tackling some challenges that are now unavoidable: faster urban development, populations concentrated in coastal areas, environmental quality for public well-being, climate change and the need to protect biodiversity, constantly increasing flows of people and goods, and the digitization of the economy and all the resulting social and societal uncertainties. The challenges facing decision-makers are more numerous and complex than ever. Given all of this, progress will inevitably mean taking risks, but they must be taken collectively on the basis of shared knowledge and constant dialogue between port and city. Together we will strive, together we will challenge ourselves, and together we will build the future!

As the pace of change in port cities accelerates, the Agenda AIVP 2030 sets out some simple, but essential commitments to affirm the City-Port-Citizen relationship as an ecosystem in which balance is key:

  • that are integrated into their local territory and guarantee smooth, fluid mobility;
  • with managed growth and a strong maritime and river-based identity;
  • educated about the maritime economy and with access to a unique waterside living environment.

Our two-day event in Riga is an opportunity to begin sharing our international experience and knowledge on the 10 commitments that form our 2030 Agenda, and will launch AIVP’s policy programme for the next 12 years. It will bolster our commitment to helping port decision-makers and elected representatives from our cities sign up to concerted initiatives, aimed at contributing effectively to the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals.

In Riga, let’s lay the foundations for the City Port of 2030!

Building the City Port of 2030!

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Site: Freeport of Riga Authority
12 Kalpaka blvd, Riga, LV-1010

AIVP Executive Committee Meeting – Restricted access to Executive Committee members ONLY

Welcoming reception

Thursday 6 June 2019

Site: House of Science / University of Latvia
Jelgavas iela 1, Rīga, LV-1048

Departure from the hotels by bus

From 8:15
Registration of the delegates. Distribution of the working documents

Welcoming speech

9:30 – 12:30
2019 General Meeting

  • 2018 Financial and management report
  • 2019 Provisional programme and budget
  • Election of the Board of Directors
  • Election of the Executive Committee


Thursday 6 June 2019
AIVP DAYS (1st day): Building the City Port of 2030!

Site: House of Science / University of Latvia
Jelgavas iela 1, Rīga, LV-1048

14:00 – 14:20
Official opening

14:20 – 14:50
Key Note Speech

The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda AIVP 2030: what road map for port cities?

  • Marco Kamiya, Coordinator of Urban Economy and Municipal Finance Branch, UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya

14:50 – 15:10

Which Next Generation Port City do we want to build?

  • Mario Girard, Vice President of AIVP, President of the AIVP World Conference 2018

15:10 – 16:00
Round table

The climate emergency: 100% Paris Agreement port cities

Agenda AIVP 2030, objective No 1: Anticipating the consequences of climate change for river or maritime port cities.
Agenda AIVP 2030, objective No 2: Making our City Port territories central to the energy transition and circular economy, in real symbiosis with the different local stakeholders.

Round table animated by:

  • Austin Becker, Associate Professor of Coastal Planning Policy and Design, Department of Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island, USA

with the participation of:

  • Olivier Hoarau, Maire de la ville de Le Port, Président du Conseil de Surveillance du Grand Port Maritime de La Réunion, France
  • Michel Puyrazat, Président du Directoire, Port Atlantique La Rochelle, France
  • Xavier Sabaté Ibarz, Responsable de los proyectos de medio ambiente, Autoridad Portuaria de Barcelona, España

Coffee break

16:30 – 17:45

Governance: open and co-constructed port cities

Agenda AIVP 2030, objective No 4: Promoting City Port dialogue through a renewed governance approach aimed at reconciling the quest for economic and environmental performance with the well-being and aspiration of the population.

Session animated by:

  • Carola Hein, Professor and Head, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

With the participation of:

17:45 – 18:15

Quality of life: attractive port cities for all

Agenda AIVP 2030, objective No 8: Providing residents living in proximity to port activities with housing, recreational and cultural amenities in City Port interface zones.
Agenda AIVP 2030, objective No 9: Improving living conditions for residents of port cities and protecting their health.

  • An interview managed by José Sanchez, AIVP, with the participation of:
  • Charles Haine, Technical Director, Maritime at WSP, London, United Kingdom
  • Tom Daamen, Associate Professor of Urban Development Management (UDM), TU Delft, The Netherlands

Return to the hotels

20:00 – 23:00
Official evening

Site: Blackheads House
Rātslaukums 7, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050

Friday 7 June 2019
AIVP DAYS (2nd day): Building the City Port of 2030!

Departure from the hotels by bus

8:15 – 10:15
Technical visit by boat (Coffee break on board)

The Freeport of Riga

The Freeport of Riga is a significant part of global and regional cargo supply chains and passenger traffic network in the Baltic Sea region, providing safe and reliable services. An integral part of the city, the Port recognises its social and environmental responsibilities and makes a strong contribution to the growth of Latvia‟s economy. The Port is driven by high performance standards and continuously strives to improve both the quality and breadth of services to clients.
The ambitious is to continue to develop the Freeport of Riga as a leading port of the Baltic States and as a source of real prosperity for Latvia. To ensure a bright future, the port will:

  • Strengthen the customer base and seek to avoid dependency on any one cargo type.
  • Develop a sustainability framework to ensure environmental and social issues are fully integrated in our business.
  • Invest in new technologies and employ innovative approaches which enhance the quality and efficiency of our services.
  • Work closely with the government of Latvia, the city of Riga and its inhabitants to create a seamless, integrated transport infrastructure

10:15 – 11:15

Riga, what Port City ambition for 2030?

Session animated by:

With the participation of:

  • Ansis Zeltins, Chief Executive Officer, Freeport of Riga Authority, Latvia
  • Gvido Princis, Director, The Riga City Architect, Latvia
  • Baiba Broka, Rector’s Deputy in Legal Affairs, University of Latvia and affiliated institutions, Latvia

11:15 – 12:05
Round table

Human capital: port cities taking up the challenge of a new social dynamic

Agenda AIVP 2030, objective No 5: Investing in human capital and developing port cities in a way that provides residents, young talents, professionals and entrepreneurs with the jobs needed for their own personal development and for the competitiveness of the port community.
Agenda AIVP 2030, objective No 6: Promoting and capitalising on the specific culture and identity of port cities and allowing residents to develop a sense of pride and flourish as part of a City Port community of interest.

Table ronde animated by:

  • Maurice Jansen, Senior researcher and business developer, Department Urban Port and Transport Economics, Netherlands

With the participation of :

  • Nadia Laraki, Directrice Générale, Agence Nationale des Ports du Maroc
  • Federica Bosello, Head of Promotion, Communication and Institutional Relations, Port of Venezia, Italy
  • Ramón Marrades Sempere, Chief strategy officer, Marina de Valencia, España (tbc)


13:30 – 14:00
Key Note Speech

Biodiversity: pioneering and responsible port cities

Agenda AIVP 2030, objective No 10: Restoring and protecting biodiversity on land and at sea in port regions and cities.

  • Juris Pūce, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia

14:00 – 15:15

Mobility and logistics: fluid and innovative port cities

Agenda AIVP 2030, objective No 3: Improving mobility in the port city and combating urban congestion.
Agenda AIVP 2030, objective No 7: Making port cities key players in the search for sufficient, quality food for all.

Session animated by:

  • Satu Aatra, Planning Manager, Port of Helsinki, Finland

With the participation of:

15:15 – 16:15

Ratification of the Agenda AIVP 2030

16:15 – 16:30
Official closing

Return to the hotels

18:00 – 18:30
Transfer to the Latvian National Opera

19:00 – 21:30
Opera Dialogues of the Carmelites

Return to the hotels

Saturday 8 June 2019

Departure from the hotels by bus

8:30 – 10:00
Visit of Riga Central Market with tasting of Latvian traditional products

10:30 – 12:30
Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum Guided Tour

Lunch with craft beer tasting at the Alķīmiķis Brewery

15:00 – 16:15
Riga Old Town Guided Tour

Transfer to Riga International Airport (RIX)