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.