Hans Günther Kersten, Director General

E-mail: kersten(at)

Tel: + 41 43 211 65 00




FIATA underlines SMEs importance in Sustainable Development


22 July 2016 (Zurich) – For 10 days the United Nations focussed on the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York. Unlike in the MDGs launched in 2000, trade, transport and logistics have now hit the targets of the new 2030 SDG agenda, after a long campaign promoted by FIATA and other important business and trade organisations.

FIATA’s presence at the forum was the voice of Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) that make up the bulk of the logistics and freight industry. Their involvement throughout this process is crucial. SMEs are heavily involved in their day to day business and appreciate the time FIATA spends to follow and engage with the SDG process on a step by step basis. It is critical to inform and advise SMEs to ensure successful SDG implementation, not only in the logistics sector, but in all sectors and FIATA is fully committed in this objective.

During the SDG Business Forum, ICC Secretary General Mr John Danilovich in his opening remarks said “A concerted push to restore trade-led growth would provide a significant boost in our global efforts to achieve the SDGs. This should start with a focus on making trade easier and simpler for SMEs.” Mr Babar Badat, head of FIATA’s Advisory Body International Affairs and Senior Vice President commented: “I hear Mr Danilovich’s words with great pleasure and I am confident this clearly means the voice of our members has a growing importance in international trade, where freight forwarders play a crucial role in trade facilitation.” 

Within the margins of the UN HLPF, there were also a number of side events to promote SDG efforts in logistics and transport. One in particular, the Global Partnership on Sustainable Transport (GPST) held an event which aimed to raise awareness on financing gaps and the need to establish green funds which lead to more investments into transport infrastructure ultimately leading to SDG achievement. 

FIATA’s most recent engagement to the SDGs is through its training activities providing capacity building for local industry development leading towards poverty reduction and creating opportunities for employment; goals 1 and 8 respectively. The publication is available on FIATA’s website.


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Hans Günther Kersten, Director General

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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, 22 July 2016

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