Transport and logistics are facing multiple imperatives spanning digitalisation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, transition to low carbon fuels, environmental sustainability, and energy and food security. Held 12-14 July, the ninth session of the UNCTAD Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation provided a timely opportunity to reflect on the key issues at stake for the sector and provide recommendations on the best way forward, identify priority action areas, in particular for the most vulnerable group of countries. The session also sought to define the role of relevant stakeholders, including from industry, government, the public and private sectors and development partners and financial institutions. IAPH president Capt. K. Subramaniam was invited to contribute to the expert meeting, which was held in hybrid format. Joining the meeting online, Capt Subra presented how IAPH addresses the three generational challenges that affect ports worldwide: resilience, data collaboration and energy transition. He also raised a number of questions and food for thought regarding the current business models of shipping and ports. You can download Capt Subra’s presentation here. All other presentations are available from the UNCTAD website.