AIVP: founder member of the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP)
In response to an invitation by the IAPH (International Association of Ports and Harbours) on 22 March 2018, President Philippe Matthis was in Antwerp to sign the declaration making AIVP a founder member of the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP).
Issues such as climate change, depleted natural resources, and global demographic trends represent major new risks for our societies. Ports play an essential role in worldwide economic, social and environmental changes. For this reason, the international associations of port authorities have decided to come together, to participate actively in efforts to shape sustainability strategies aimed at meeting the challenges of the 21st century, whether in terms of the energy transition, the circular economy, biodiversity or societal integration.
In response to an invitation by the IAPH (International Association of Ports and Harbours) on 22 March 2018, President Philippe Matthis was in Antwerp to sign the declaration making AIVP a founder member of the World Port Sustainability Program (WPSP). The other founders are ESPO, PIANC and AAPA. This new international program aims to promote better coordination between the various initiatives coming under the umbrella of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Other professional organisations have been invited to sign the Antwerp Declaration in order to take part in the work.
AIVP is the only one of the program’s founding organisations to include not just port authorities but also their economic partners, local authorities and societal development stakeholders. As such, AIVP is keen to highlight the importance of city-port dialogue and wants societal integration goals to be included in the future work of the WPSP. The launch event in Antwerp clearly demonstrated that in addition to more environmentally-friendly initiatives, a joint development approach that includes port projects in the context of wider territorial development is a key asset for the population, and a guarantee of success for efforts to ensure development that is truly more sustainable.
This will be the message at discussions on AIVP’s charter for the sustainable development of Port Cities at the organisation’s forthcoming world conference in Quebec from 11 – 14 June 2018. As has been shown time and again, active city-port cooperation is a hallmark of success for all of our future projects!