We work to help improve understanding of issues at the interface of maritime transport and the climate change challenge. Special emphasis is placed on climate change adaptation and the need to enhance the climate-resilience of transport systems.
Mauritius oil spill puts spotlight on ship pollution
Small island nations face an existential and developmental threat from ship-source pollution endangering their vulnerable marine ecosystems and ocean economies. An effective international legal regime can help.
19 Aug 2020
COVID-19 offers opportunity to save our ocean
The increasingly unsustainable use of marine resources for economic activities has hurt the health of our oceans, seas and coasts. Governments and businesses have the opportunity to turn the tide and make blue economy sectors more "green" in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
08 Jun 2020
Seizing the opportunity of the climate action momentum
UNCTAD supports efforts to promote sustainability, adapt and build resilience against the climate emergency.
09 Dec 2019
Global maritime trade suffers as US-China trade tensions and uncertainty take toll
The Review of Maritime Transport 2019, released today, shows a dip in maritime trade growth. Trade policy crosscurrents, geopolitics and sanctions, environmental concerns, fuel economics and tensions involving the Strait of Hormuz – a strategic maritime chokepoint – all contributed to decelerated growth in merchandise trade.
30 Oct 2019
Events and meetings
Multi-year expert meeting on transport, trade logistics and trade facilitation, eighth session
UNFCCC COP 25 Side Event: Climate resilient transport infrastructure for sustainable trade, tourism and development in SIDS
Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Climate Change Adaptation for International Transport: Preparing for the Future
Documents and publications
Climate change adaptation for seaports in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
TD/B/C.I/MEM.7/23 - 10 Feb 2020 - 3
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Coastal Transport Infrastructure: A Compilation of Policies and Practices
UNCTAD/DTL/TLB/2019/1 - 29 Jan 2020
Review of Maritime Transport 2019
UNCTAD/RMT/2019 - 01 Nov 2019