Ten ports in the Nordic Region have agreed upon a declaration focusing on sustainable port management. Notably, the joint declaration shows a regional commitment to collaborate on environmental challenges related to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The signatory ports include Copenhagen Malmö Port, Swedish ports of Helsingborg, Gothenburg and Stockholm, Faxaports (Iceland), Danish ports of Aarhus and Esbjerg, Finnish Port of Helsinki, Port of Torshavn in Feroe Islands and Norwegian Port of Oslo.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030, fighting key global challenges.
Endorsed by all 193 United Nations Member States in 2015, the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals focus global efforts and attention on 17 specifically pressing issues relating to poverty, inequality, climate change, war, injustice, etc.
Ports are the connecting nodes of the world economy and global trade and play a vital role in creating a sustainable future in line with the Paris Agreement and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In this context, the ports have put forward a declaration emphasizing the importance of sharing knowledge, information and best practices on different environmental topics such as energy use and pollution to optimize sustainable port management.
Sustainable development is a considerable challenge – but also a development which holds great potential and opportunities. Responsible business demands innovative ways of thinking and new ways of working. In order to accelerate solutions on sustainable matters, we need to create strong partnerships. This declaration signals a strong commitment among some of the largest ports in the Nordic Region to act collectively,
…says Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO at Copenhagen Malmö Port AB.