The World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) charter will be signed in Antwerp on 22 March where sustainable ports around the world will set out the guidelines for their commitment to achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The two day conference organised by the Port of Antwerp will gather together to focus on an action plan to tackle the core topics of climate and energy, social integration, safety and security and ethical policy.
“This new maritime SDG charter is a world first,” explained Eric de Deckere, sustainable transition manager for Antwerp Port Authority.
“The aim is to implement the 17 UN’s sustainability goals in five specific areas (future-proof infrastructure, climate and energy, social integration, safety and security, ethical policy) each of which can involve various action programmes.”
As the organiser of the event the Port of Antwerp said it is further positioning itself as a pioneer in making ports a sustainable link in the worldwide supply chain.
The conference will operate under the auspices of the WPSP which originates from the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) that was launched in 2008 by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) in collaboration with regional port organisations.
Back then, with the signature of the World Ports Climate Declaration, 55 international ports committed themselves to measures for combating climate change going forward.