The world’s top minds are gathering in Addis Ababa this week to discuss how they will finance the next 15 years of the world’s development efforts. The laundry list to be financed; 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 Targets that have taken almost 2 years to craft and are only 9 weeks away from adoption by UN General Assembly.
As the saying goes, money talks and the rest walks, the meeting will be a pivotal point in financing the implementation measures for the 17 SDGs. If successful, we could be looking at a prominent future in which a majority of our goals and targets are met. If discussions are ineffective, all we will be left at the end of 15 years is a lot fancy paper work.
Industry and private sector’s involvement in this meeting will be highly important as they are the ones to implement policies handed down by states and their implementation effectiveness will have a direct impact on whether the goals and targets decided on are met.
One key industry that cannot be overlooked is logistics. The impact from investments leading to enhanced logistics connectivity works not only towards improving economic prosperity through job creation and trade, but also towards mitigating climate change and meeting environmental targets in turn creating sustainable futures.
As FIATA has highlighted throughout multiple contributions towards the UN, our most recent being an Open Letter Logistics Connectivity: the prerequisite to achieve Sustainable Development and FIATA’s five key statements, logistics connectivity bridges beyond just economic and environmental pillars and also focuses on the social aspect of the Post 2015 Agenda. Tackling issues such as food security by liberalizing markets and the enhancement of health by developing routes to make it possible to benefit from one another’s medication.
There is no other concept which has the capability to stretch across the range of SDGs touching upon the three key pillars of the development agenda. Therefore, leaving logistics off the agenda at the Finance for Development conference would be a critical misstep overlooking a key ingredient in the receipt for our future’s success.
Hans Günther Kersten, Director General
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926. It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.
For further information, please go to: www.fiata.com
20 July 2015