Making a ripple in the Big Apple

FIATA was in town for the adoption of 2015 SDG Agenda

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:

  1. Prosperity comes from working hard and trading effectively. Many are ready to work hard, but trading effectively depends on fair conditions surrounding them. We must work together to create these fair conditions.
  2. Effective trade needs connectivity and facilitation. Imagine the economic impact of enhancing logistics connectivity to stretch trade to endless portions of the earth. It is our world, all peoples must have their share.
  3. Sustainable logistics ensures that food produced in the best climate reaches our plates all over the world with the least well-to-wheel environmental impact.
  4. Appropriate investments ensure health, logistics connectivity ensures health; states may not all possess the required resources locally, but good logistics routes make it possible to benefit from one another’s medication and treatment.
  5. Logistics connectivity is not only a means to an end, like throwing a rock in a pond the impact of logistics connectivity will ripple into multiple industries and activities creating employment opportunities and better living for all people of the world.

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.


Media Contact:

Marco Sorgetti, Director General of FIATA

Tel: + 41432116500

Email: Sorgetti(at)

25 September 2015

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