social and economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting countries’
efforts to improve livelihoods and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
early responses to restraining the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic negatively
impacted all transport operations, leading to severe disruptions of supply
chains and trade flows worldwide.
transport and integrated supply chains critical in achieving the SDGs
a statement released, eight UN organizations stress that international
transport and integrated supply chains are critical in recovering from COVID-19
achieving the SDGs.
that ships keep moving, ports remain open and cross-border trade continues
flowing requires further reforms into digitalization and the dematerialization
of processes. Many of our UNCTAD solutions help to achieve this,” said UNCTAD
Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi.“It is important to highlight that these
solutions help ensure smoother trade and the protection of transport workers
and the population from the virus,” he added.
Kituyi signed the statement alongside the heads of the United Nations Economic
Commission for Europe (UNECE), the International Maritime Organization (IMO),
the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations
Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the United Nations Economic Commission
for Latin America and Caribbean (UNECLAC), the United Nations Economic and
Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the United Nations
Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA).
The signatories call on all governments to
maximize contribution of international trade to recovery
signatories call on all governments to maximize the contribution of
international trade and supply chains to a sustainable socio-economic recovery
through greater use of international legal instruments and standards, as well
as strengthened regional and sectoral cooperation.
Nations instruments – such as the UNCTAD Automated System for Customs Data
(ASYCUDA), UNECE-administered TIR Convention and its eTIR International System,
the CMR Convention – facilitate the use of a safe and efficient trade and
intermodal transport system. These instruments allow for moving cargo across borders
without requiring physical checks and for reducing contact between people.
windows enable traders to communicate electronically with all agencies involved
windows enable traders to communicate electronically with all agencies
involved. The signatories support further digitalization of trade and customs
procedures, using global United Nations standards, to ensure the fast and
secure exchange of data and information concerning cargo and means of transport
and contactless clearances.
Governments to take a risk-based
approach to restoring air, inland and maritime connectivity with minimal
encourage all governments to take a risk-based approach to restoring air,
inland and maritime connectivity with minimal restrictions, while preventing
the spread of COVID-19, protecting the health and safety of drivers, crew and
border agency personnel, as well as strengthening public confidence in trade
and transport means.
also reiterate support to countries to ensure a sustainable socio-economic
recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.