Multi-year expert meeting on transport, trade logistics and trade facilitation, eighth session

Multi-year expert meeting on transport, trade logistics and trade facilitation, eighth session
27 - 28 October 2020
Virtual meeting

Covid-19 Advisory

Due to the physical restrictions in force at the Palais des Nations as a consequence of the continuing pandemic, this meeting will be virtually.

Climate Change Adaptation for Seaports in Support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

With over 80% of the volume of world trade carried by sea, international shipping and ports provide crucial linkages in global supply chains and are essential for all countries, including landlocked countries, to be able to access global markets.

Ports are likely to be affected directly and indirectly by climate change-related effects with broader implications for international trade and for the development prospects of the most vulnerable nations, in particular the least developed countries and small island developing states.

Given the strategic role of ports as part of the global trading system, and the potential for climate-related damage, disruption and delay across global supply chains – with significant associated costs and economic and trade-related losses – enhancing their climate resilience is a matter of strategic economic importance.

There are considerable challenges ahead, yet there is also significant momentum, with growing international recognition of the need for the acceleration of ambition on adaptation and resilience-building.

The 8th session of the multi-year expert meeting on transport, trade logistics and trade facilitation provides a timely opportunity to build on current momentum by considering how best to translate ambitious targets into action and to develop concrete policy recommendations that both help to advance the important issue of climate change adaptation for seaports in support of the 2030 Agenda and can serve as inputs for other intergovernmental meetings and processes that will take place in 2020.


Experts are encouraged to prepare and submit brief papers (maximum 10 pages) related to their studies, findings or national experiences.

These papers will be made available at the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.

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Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on 27 and 28 October 2020
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Communications concerning representation:
UNCTAD secretariat
Intergovernmental support service
Palais des Nations
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Enquiries concerning substantive issues:
Ms. Regina Asariotis and Ms. Anila Premti

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