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24 to 25 November 2021 | By invitation only

The Asia-Pacific region has witnessed a high rate of port development over the recent past, leading to several economic and social benefits such as higher maritime connectivity, increased employment opportunities, industrial growth and infrastructure development. However, despite this high level of growth, port development in the region continues to face numerous sustainability challenges that manifest in increased greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and other environmental side-effects of port development. Moreover, sustainable maritime connectivity remains a challenge for the Pacific sub-region, which is far still less connected to the regional and global economy than many countries in the region. 

Following the seventy-sixth session of the Commission dedicated to the theme of sustainable use of oceans, ESCAP is scaling up its support to regional cooperation on sustainable maritime connectivity, including sustainable port development. Collective actions on greening the shipping and port sector would help the region become a hub for sustainable development, enabling more efficient energy use and curbing carbon emissions. Regional exchanges on best practices and lessons learnt will help member States design inclusive and resilient port policies, strengthen sustainable maritime connectivity and address the connectivity divide affecting the Pacific sub-region.

In this context, the secretariat is organizing the Capacity Building Workshop on sustainable maritime connectivity in the Asia and the Pacific. The event will be held in a virtual format on 24-25 November 2021 and will offer a space for policy discussions on economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable maritime connectivity in the Asia and the Pacific. The workshop will discuss the efficient maritime connectivity issues with a focus on the Pacific sub-region, it will also address the issues of women’s empowerment and resilient and environmentally sustainable maritime transport. The tentative agenda is attached for your further reference.

Participants are kindly requested to submit your registrations online at your earliest convenience, but not later than 22 November 2021. For more information, please contact: Mr. Sooyeob Kim; e-mail: [email protected].

for more information, please contact

Transport Division +66 2288 1234 [email protected]
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