Hans Günther Kersten, Director General


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FIATA Goes Live for sustainability: New GVADATA Portal for SDGs 


9 August 2016 (Zurich) – A new initiative launched this summer, the Geneva Data Book and online Geneva Data Portal ( provide users with an up-to-date and evolving guide to data relevant to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For the first time, United Nations agencies, international organisations, and NGOs have united their data in one collective portal. Joining the portal requires advanced approval and published content is vetted to ensure a high quality of information is always well represented.


FIATA was admitted onto the platform and recently published some of its latest analysis’ pertaining to SDG implementation focusing on the importance of logistics connectivity throughout the SDG process.


“With the launch of SDG process in 2013, FIATA underlined the importance of private sector’s input [in the SDG process]. More specifically, FIATA championed the participation in the process of the logistics industry, which plays a pivotal role in uniting member states’ economical development through the common goal of greater trade logistics connectivity” echoed FIATA’s Senior Vice President Mr. Babar Badat in his Chair’s message.


The logistics industry represented by FIATA had to fine comb through the 169 targets in order to identify which targets were most relevant for its development. FIATA has done this mapping through its most recent publication which can be found on the portal here.


In addition, the importance of training and education that private sector can provide to enhance capacity building and reach specific SDGs cannot be overlooked. FIATA’s dedicated training bodies, the Advisory Body Vocational Training, FIATA Foundation and FIATA Logistics Academy, strive to provide training opportunities to the industry which help provide opportunities and eventually lift citizens out of poverty. FIATA’s hopes this publication will help encourage industry associations and governments to investment more in training.


FIATA looks forward to continuing its contributions on the platform and remain available to discuss any key points with the UN bodies, UN Member States, civil societies and any other stakeholders with a view to assist in the implementation phase.


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Hans Günther Kersten, Director General





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, 9 August 2016



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