This is an asynchronous/self-paced moderated online course that is delivered over a period of two weeks, and followed by two simulation exercises and a webinar (see agenda below for more details). Port experts will engage with participants online in the forum discussions for each of the course sections. The estimated time needed to complete the course activities is about 20 hours.
The online moderated course is structured in four sections, giving a precise and ordered view of the different aspects to be taken into account by a port or port organisation in a pandemic situation. It considers both a general vision and specific actions, the psychological and emotional part related to workers, the technological tools, and also considers actions related to ensuring the main activity of a port in the management of the flow of goods:
|Dates||6–31 March 2023|
|Activities||2 weeks asynchronous moderated online course, 2 self-paced simulations exercises (30-45 minutes), 1 webinar (90 minutes)|
|Number of hours||20 hours|
|Language||English, French and Spanish|
|Registration||On the TRAINFORTRADE registration platform (https://tft-reg.unctad.org). Passcode: BPR2023EN|
|Completion criteria||Average score from the 2 quizzes (on Sections 1-4) of at least 50%|
|Certificate||Yes – Electronic certificate|
|Price||Free of charge |
 This course is financially supported by the United Nations Development Account and Irish Aid with the suport of Valencia Port, Spain and Marseille Fos Port, France.
This special course is addressed to all actors involved in international trade, especially those involved with port operations. The course primary and secondary target population are representatives from the following organisations:
The objective of UNCTAD TrainForTrade’s Building Port Resilience Against Pandemics (BPR) special course is to support the implementation of measures and to prepare for and alleviate contingencies related to a pandemic in a port, port terminals, and other seaport actors.
More specifically, at the end of the course, participants will be able to:
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There are 809 participants registered (36% women) from 96 countries. Over 1200 posts in the fora. 261 policy recommendations shared, 1000+ votes
“The course was very useful and interesting. I learnt a lot about how to develop mitigation plan related to pandemic disruption in broader view.”
“The materials based on examples in several ports are fit to be implemented in most ports. We could share our views and have other participants opinions and suggestions easily.”
“The learning method is interesting also, especially the simulation exercises.”
“This course helped me to appreciate the idea of establishing a Crisis Response Team in our office.”From the Golden Book
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There are 1000 participants registered (36% women) from 112 countries. Over 1200 posts in the fora. 261 policy recommendations shared, 1000+ votes
Webinar video 27 July 2021
Webinar video 27 July 2021
Building Port Resilience Presentation
Building Port Resilience
Background of the Project
In the current times of the global pandemic, various United Nations entities combined their efforts to propose a joint project that will implement standards, guidelines, metrics, tools and methodologies to immediately help governments, including Customs and other border agencies, port authorities, and the business community worldwide, to keep transport networks and borders operational to facilitate the flow of goods and services, while containing the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. One of its components focuses on port resilience against invisible threats and on keeping ports safe and operational during pandemics.
TrainForTrade’s project includes the exchange of best practices and new safety standards and the design and delivery of a training package to build essential skills for port community managers to help protect people and secure vital trade in ports (TFT Special Course “Building Port Resilience Against Pandemics”).