FIATA helps the OWG to design sustainable future

FIATA helps the OWG to design sustainable future

Since January 2012, the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development (OWG) has met 13 times engaging in the discussion to pin point the next Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for post 2015. A breakthrough came during the 12th session when they published the 17 proposed SDGs[1]. Step by step FIATA had been pushing past the red tape to connect with the OWG and the international community to shed light on the need to include better logistics connectivity in the design of the SDGs, an objective that is now gaining momentum, as much as it appears credible and achievable.

Mr Babar Badat, Chairman of FIATA's Advisory Body International Affairs (ABIA), has been a strong advocate for logistics connectivity: "The importance of the logistics industry is very much integrated with the ebb and flow of the global economy and should be strongly considered when designing SDGs.Our future life standards depend on the degree of connectivity and facilitation that we shall be able to introduce in our economies. There is no other way to achieve sustainable economic outcomes."

FIATA's Advisory Body  International Affairs (ABIA), has now made its views public through a recently published position paper where it conducts a thorough analysis of the proposed SDGs; it maintains that logistics connectivity and trade facilitation are crucial in the next generation's sustainable development. This analysis comes at no better time than after the 69th UN General Assembly where the proposal has been reviewed by UN SG Ban-Ki Moon.

The paper confirms trade facilitation has been mentioned in some of the listed targets, but FIATA views this inclusion as not enough and continues to advocate that more focus should be placed on logistics connectivity over and above what has been done so far. 

In preparation of the FIATA World Congress on 15th of October the FIATA Secretary General, Mr. Heiner Rogge reflected on emissions and trade. "We often tend to overlook the emissions that are released due to insufficient facilitation; greater facilitation reduces delays, queues and bottlenecks, hence a significant proportion of emissions."

FIATA encourages you to read the position paper on its website:


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FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31, 1926.  It  is  a  non-governmental  organization  that  today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 8-10 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), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). It is recognized as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organizations, governmental authorities, private international organizations in the field of transport 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.  


15 October 2014

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