Fresh off a hot week of discussions at the 2015 High Level Political Forum (HLPF), delegates gathered in NYC to solidify the review framework for the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals where the importance of the private sector and their contributions towards the post 2015 agenda would carry heavy weight.
One of the main challenges cited many times throughout multiple meetings was the need to ensure policy was connected across member states. The answer of connected policy could actually be found in logistics connectivity, a concept that requires coherent policy to be drafted across member state through improved commerce and trade in addition to tackling a number of economic and environmental topics discussed through the HLPF.
FIATA was there in New York to highlight the benefits of logistics connectivity as a major connector of global initiatives to national and regional standards in order to secure the global review requested by the member states.
Even before the meeting kicked off, FIATA had contributed input for consideration by member states through an Open Letter Logistics Connectivity: the prerequisite to achieve Sustainable Development which has been published on the UN’s platform. FIATA’s aim is clear, to highlight the results of developing consistent global policy on sustainable logistics connectivity to impress the required acceleration in achieving interconnected production and consumption using scarce resources in the most effective manner to conquest all efforts towards development.
FIATA has helped summarize the impact of logistics connectivity in five key statements in hopes that the forum may realize its capability to stretch across a range of SDGs and the capacity to be the ultimate connector between states giving SDG implementation the kick it needs.
Hans Günther Kersten, Director General
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.
8 July 2015