Port Endeavor Game

The Port Endeavor Game is an exciting and engaging way to educate yourself on sustainability in the maritime industry.

As a participant, you’ll assume the part of a port executive in a fictional environment and collaborate with your team to create the most sustainable port. To reach your goal, you’ll have to make smart choices and implement as many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as you can, earning recognition through the World Port Sustainability Program (WPSP) Badges.

Whether you’re the head of the port, a sustainability director, or any other key leader, you’ll need to make tough calls about the initiatives your port will undertake to become more sustainable, all while working within a budget, keeping costs low and taking the SDGs into account.

Can you rise to the challenge and outshine the competition to become the most sustainable port in the group?

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has established the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) to enhance and coordinate the sustainability efforts of ports around the world and foster international cooperation with partners in the supply chain. The Program targets in particular the integration of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in port practice and governance. The WPSP builds on the World Ports Climate Initiative that IAPH started in 2008 and expands it to other areas of sustainable development.

To help communicate the importance of sustainability in the port industry, IAPH developed the Port Endeavor Game, which allows participants to represent fictional ports that face challenges related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goal of the game is forteams to choose solutions for their challenges that address the most SDGs while keeping a budget in mind. The game also includes unexpected disturbing events that can complicate the implementation of chosen solutions. The winner is the port that has collected the most SDGs and is therefore the most sustainable port of the session.

IAPH has partnered with APEC and UNCTAD TRAINFORTRADE to develop and improve the Port Endeavor Game, designed to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals around the world.

The International Association of Ports and Harbors is a non-governmental organization that represents the interests of port authorities and operators at a global level. It was established in 1955 and has since grown to include 160 member ports and 120 port-related businesses in 87 countries. These member ports handle a significant portion of the world’s sea-borne trade and container traffic.

Through its consultative status with various international organizations, including the International Maritime Organization, the World Customs Organization, and the United Nations, IAPH works to promote the interests of its member ports and to facilitate international trade and cooperation in the maritime industry. It also aims to be a resource for its members, providing them with information, support, and networking opportunities.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development is a United Nations agency that works to promote inclusive and sustainable development through trade, investment, finance, and technology. It provides technical assistance and analysis to help developing countries access the benefits of a globalized economy and address the potential drawbacks of economic integration. UNCTAD also helps implement the Financing for Development agenda, which aims to provide developing countries with the resources they need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set out in Agenda 2030.

UNCTAD works mainly with governments but also recognizes the importance of partnerships and cooperation with the private sector and civil society in achieving the SDGs. Its ultimate goal is to promote prosperity for all the citizens of the 195 countries that make up the organization.

UNCTAD’s TRAINFORTRADE programme focuses on developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovative development approaches based on a recognized pedagogical method and state-of-the-art technological solutions. It has trained more than 18 000 participants in the fields of port management, trade statistics and e-commerce.

If you are interested in organizing the Port Endeavor Game for your own port or company, you can contact our expert Carolien De Vries for more information. We will provide you with the necessary resources and support to set up and facilitate the game.

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