Launch of the UNCTAD TrainForTrade “Building Port Resilience Against Pandemics (BPR)” Course

On behalf of the United Nations Conference for Trade & Development (UNCTAD) we are pleased to announce the official launching of the UNCTAD TrainForTrade “Building Port Resilience Against Pandemics (BPR)” course (28 June-30 July 2021) in English.

This online self-paced moderated course is open to all profiles from the port communities and related government agencies. There is no registration cost thanks to the United Nations Development Account and Irish Aid financial support.

Course details and how to register: BPR Course Details June-July 2021

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UNCTAD launched this initiative in March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic was declared. Information was  collected on mitigation measures and protocols elaborated by the port members of UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Management Programme with the spirit to exchange information and support the transformative process in ports.


Following requests from several port communities we decided to build a training and capacity building component on Port resilience and pandemics. The first stage was the (online) briefing sessions with port actors around the world to design the skeleton of the future course.


It was followed by the actual production of a comprehensive package called “Building Port Resilience Against Pandemics (BPR) comprising 4 sections:  (1) Crisis protocol and communication strategy, (2) Staff management, well-being and resilience, (3) Technology preparedness, (4) Cargo flow continuity with manuals, video, tests (quizzes), Forum, Data collection on best practices. The pilot phase was organized in April 2021 for 139 participants of 7 countries. It was very successful and relevant. Therefore we are now opening up this initiative to all port communities around the world.