Wednesday, July 8, 2015

International Freight Forwarding Body Speaks Out on Sustainability and Logistics

UN Forum to Set Development Goals
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US – WORLDWIDE – At the recent United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) held in New York the views of freight forwarding organisations worldwide were represented by FIATA (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimilés) which was there to solidify the review framework for the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals and ‘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.’

One of the main challenges cited many times throughout multiple meetings was the need to ensure policy was connected across member states. FIATA says logistics connectivity is a concept that requires coherent policy to be drafted across member states through improved commerce and trade, in addition to tackling a number of economic and environmental topics discussed through the HLPF.

To prepare for the discussions FIATA published five key statements in June to emphasise the forum’s capability in terms of achievable Sustainable Development Goals, having issued in late April an Open Letter ‘Logistics Connectivity: the prerequisite to achieve Sustainable Development’ which was published on the UN’s platform.

FIATA’s objective is to highlight how developing a consistent global policy on sustainable logistics and its interoperability can achieve the maximum benefits from interconnected production and consumption, thus using scarce resources in the most effective manner.

Photo: Delegates assemble at the HLPF.