Heavy momentum has been carrying the SDG proposal which has been moulded and shaped throughout the past 18 months from various stakeholders throughout industry, civil society and governments.
The waterfall of work has been climaxed at the moment when the UN Summit meet to adopt the 17 Goals and 169 Targets put on their desk for review. The day did not disappoint as the Summit unanimously adopted the proposal with much excited echoed around the room and all around the world.
Now time has come for governments to work on implementing the proposal and align their agendas to meet their accepted ambitious objectives. Industry will be waiting on the other side of the implementation table to understand the direction in which investments will have to be made.
So what is there for logistics? The influential Open Working Group (OWG) decided not to have a standalone goal for trade and logistics stating that it would be more effective to span logistics across a range of SDGs as its impact covers a wide range of sectors.
The image of the pebble thrown into a pond creating ripples that are felt by all corners in the pond had been used, but FIATA maintains its publicly expressed view that there is a risk of not doing enough to facilitate trade in the future. Logistics is not a ripple, it is the backbone of trade and trade is at the very source of prosperity, so the place logistics will take in the implementation agenda will be crucial for sustainable development. With government policy looming to be geared towards SDG achievement, it will be the logistics industry that would need to effectively sustain the development of present and future trade.
FIATA highly encourages Member States to realise the importance by enhancing logistics connectivity throughout their economic plans, as suggested in FIATA’s five key statements for development published earlier this year:
In this light FIATA also highly encourages close collaboration between states and industry to understand the need for policy and the appropriate measures for implementation; all FIATA members are at governments’ disposal to discuss and contribute to the successful implementation of the highly ambitious goals the United Nations adopted. As some would see this story as finished, with the adoption of the 2015 SDG Agenda, FIATA Members all over the world see it as only beginning and are ready to go the distance and do their part.
Note for the editors
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 158 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.
Marco Sorgetti, Director General of FIATA
Tel: + 41432116500
25 September 2015