FIATA in New York Highlighting Importance of Trade on SDGs

New York, 31 July 2018:  In 2015, the UN Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) recommended that there should not be a dedicated SDG on transport and that the cross-sectorial nature of transport is best served by integrating transport in a range of SDGs. This proposal by the OWG was adopted by the United Nation’s General Assembly and transport was not given stand-alone Sustainable Development Goals, but were mentioned across a range of proposed SDGs.

On July 17th, FIATA participated in the 3rd annual UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF). Representing FIATA was FIATA’s Logistics Academy Chair, Issa Baluch, delivering a presentation titled “Policy Action & Practices - Before Infrastructure” that emphasized more focus on enhancing logistics connectivity in conjunction with greater trade facilitation by interconnecting all modes of transport to offer seamless travel, better lead times, less congestion, more job opportunities and facilitated movement of goods.

Integration in Africa was a key focus in Mr. Baluch’s message, “This year’s monumental African Union’s Continental Free Trade Area which was struck in March 2018 will take us one step closer to Africa’s integration and ultimately one step closer to achieving the SDGs through enhanced liberalisation closer cooperation. With 55 member states already signed on the next steps move to ratification and implementation whereby the achievement of the AfCFTA will results in sustainable economic conditions throughout Africa”.

FIATA has been active in the area of SDGs since the very beginning advocating the inclusion of trade and logistics within the SDGs development phase through a position paper followed by participation in past SDG meetings with member states and stakeholders to ensure the voice of freight and logistics industry is heard. Following the establishment of the SDGs, FIATA produced a mapping document that connected the key targets and goals within the 17 SDGs to topics that were most relevant in the freight forwarding and logistics industry.

Our participation at the UN HLPF brought us closer in cooperation with member states and stakeholders to enhance the trading conditions for FIATA Members. FIATA looks forward to continuing the conversation with member states and further enhancing our involvement to ensure that the interests of FIATA members are well represented within the United Nations.

Media Contact:

Hans Gunther Kersten, Director General

Email: kersten(at)


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.

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Glattbrugg, 31 July 2018


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