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Sustainable Freight Transport in Support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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The fifth session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation considered the linkages between trade logistics and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and discussed how best to leverage the sustainable freight transport dividend to enable effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The sixth session will investigate in greater detail how freight transport can contribute to sustainable development. 

The role of maritime transport in achieving a sustainable development path is addressed in this note. With over 80 per cent of world merchandise trade carried by sea and with shipping and ports forming an integral part of any door-to-door transport solution, the strategic importance of maritime transport and its potential to support more sustainable economies and societies cannot be overemphasized. The note provides an overview of relevant issues at the interface of sustainable development and maritime transport; highlights how the sustainability of maritime transport can support the effective achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Goals, as well as the Paris Agreement; and presents some trends in digital solutions and innovations that entail transformational effects in all sectors, including maritime transport. The Multi-year Expert Meeting provides an opportunity to discuss the potential of digital technologies to support the maritime transport sustainability agenda.


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