Guy Platten, Secretary General of ICS, will address the UN General Assembly Second Committee on the role of shipping and the importance of trade and logistics in getting food and energy to all.
he Second Committee event, titled “Transforming political commitments into actions for sustainable recovery – Rebuilding a Sustainable Future for All” is organised by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
The objective of the event is to gain a better understanding and awareness of trade and logistics issues in the current environment, as well as to increase understanding of policy options and UNCTAD and other solutions to supply chain challenges.
More specifically, Guy Platten, ICS Secretary General, commented:
The role of shipping is vital to keeping trade moving and sometimes greatly underestimated. By having a resilient and sustainable value chain disruption can be minimised. Shipping moves 90% of global trade volumes worth some USD $14 trillion per annum and is an integral cog in the global supply chain
He further explained that ICS strongly believes in the power of collaboration, as “by having meaningful engagements with governments and intergovernmental bodies including the IMO, ILO, WTO, WHO, as well as of course, UNCTAD, we are able to collectively address issues of mutual interest impacting maritime transport.
The past few years have been challenging to say the least. COVID-19 was a Black Swan event with unparalleled repercussions and now with the continuing war in Ukraine the world continues to struggle
Mr. Platten added, explaining that “there are unquestionably challenges ahead, particularly as we endeavour to push forward on our decarbonisation journey but there are also opportunities and this is what we should focus on.”
History has shown that we are resilient and by working together we will strive to ensure that we continue to provide an effective, efficient and reliable maritime transport service to safeguard global food and energy security for all