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Tue, 10/19/2021 – 11:33 Belgium Brussels NGVA Founded in 2008, NGVA is the European association that promotes the use of natural and renewable gas as a transport fuel.
As a platform for the industry involved in producing and distributing vehicles and natural gas, including component manufacturers, gas suppliers and gas distributors, NGVA defends their interests to European decision-makers to create accurate standards, fair regulations and equal market conditions.
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IRU calls out global border chaos risk to SDGs at UN Sustainable Transport Conference
Christophe Richard (IRU)
Mon, 10/18/2021 – 11:05
IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto has outlined major issues confronting cross-border road transport services that are risking pandemic recovery efforts, and longer-term achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Calling out the current border chaos and supply chain issues flaring up all over the world, he made an urgent call for coordinated global solutions at the United Nation’s second Sustainable Transport Conference on Friday.
“Global problems need global solutions and global leadership, particularly from the United Nations and its specialised agencies,” said IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto.
“We will never achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), let alone allow our communities and economies to fully recover from the pandemic, without well-functioning road transport networks,” he added.
Moderating a panel session with high level speakers from the UN, business and NGOs, Umberto de Pretto echoed industry leaders in stressing that a globally coordinated and integrated approach is the only way to effectively address the ongoing sanitary, economic, social, and environmental challenges that confront the world’s governments and their citizens.
“We certainly cannot drive development if we have no trucks to drive goods to market or buses to drive workers to their jobs.”IRU Secretary General
Misguided unilateral COVID restrictions at borders that are still blocking trucks and coaches; the lack of a global digital vaccine pass; slow take up of international digital tools such as eTIR and eCMR; unclear policy to help the sector to decarbonise; and years of ineffective policy solutions to reverse truck driver shortages are all compounding frayed global supply chains and slowing recovery from the pandemic.
Speaking at the opening of the Conference, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reaffirmed that partnership with the private sector was key. The to-do list is a long one however.
The conference, which took place virtually and in Beijing last week, was focused on challenges, opportunities and solutions for sustainable transport worldwide. National leaders spoke, with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping announcing a new global knowledge centre for sustainable transport and Russian President Vladimir Putin reinforcing the importance of digital transport documents such as eTIR and eCMR.
“We also risk losing hard-won development gains from recent years and this is especially true for landlocked and least developed countries,” said Umberto de Pretto. “We certainly cannot drive development if we have no trucks to drive goods to market or buses to drive workers to their jobs.”
The second UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference builds on the first edition, which took place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in 2016.
Image: Liu Zhenmin, undersecretary-general of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, speaks at the closing ceremony of the 2nd United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference on October 16, 2021 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Jia Tianyong/China News Service via Getty Images)
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