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The United Nations High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport has presented its results. The experts call for a well-thought-out future strategy with environmentally friendly engines, a reduction of unnecessary routes and better infrastructure.

Logistics connects people and places with the rest of the world, making it one of the main drivers of economic and social development. However, it is never an end in itself, but only an important tool. Under these premises, a 16-member United Nations commission of experts developed proposals for a sustainable transport industry. At the end of 2016 it presented the first “Global Sustainable Transport Outlook Report” by the title of “Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development”. It contains a series of targeted recommendations explaining how the transport industry can forge ahead with sustainable development with a particular emphasis on the reduction of poverty, while promoting economic growth and combating climate change. It is thus that the commission proposes the future principle of “Avoid – Shift – Improve” for all infrastructural and technical developments in the transport sector. So, what’s it all about?