OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE - MAY 10, 2023
Press Release: GSCC Presents Education Events In Support of World Sustainable Transport Day at the 3rd Meeting of the United Nations Group of Friends of Sustainable Transport
On May 10, 2023, the Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations co-chaired the 3rd Meeting of the Group of Friends of Sustainable Transport (GFST) in a virtual format.
The meeting was attended by the Permanent Representatives to the UN of the member countries of the Group, , the Executive Secretary of the International Center for Transport Diplomacy (ICTD) Mr. Igor Rounov, the Secretary General of the SLOCAT Partnership on Sustainable Low-Carbon Transport Ms. Maruxa Cardama, the President of the Global Supply Chain Classroom (GSCC) Mr. Chung Tam.
Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan Ambassador Aksoltan Ataeva informed on the results of work of the group, outlined the upcoming preparations for the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on sustainable transport in November 2023, and the upcoming consideration by the UN General Assembly on May 16, 2023 of the draft resolution “World Sustainable Transport Day” submitted by Turkmenistan.
China’s Permanent Mission to the UN Ambassador Dai Bing expressed support for the World Sustainable Transport Day and Advisory Council initiatives.
Mr. Runov presented a draft concept of the Advisory Council to the GFST, the main role of which will be to prepare, at the request of the members of GFST, reviews and analytics on transport development and international cooperation in this field.
Mr. Tam presented GSCC’s proposal for a series of education events with the theme “Creating Sustainable Global Supply Chains through Education” to celebrate the World Sustainable Transport Day. These events include faculty development seminars on Incorporating Sustainability into Supply Chain Management Education in a Global Context which will bring about a set of recommendations to be presented to GFST, and Classroom Observation sessions for international educators to watch leading professors in supply chain sustainability. In addition, students events which includes the Global Sustainability Supply Chain Student Competition, and a program for students to learn about sustainability practices of leading multinational businesses. A video compilation of the student presentations and business leaders’ comments on the importance of educating youth in sustainable practices will be presented to GFST during World Sustainable Transport Day.
Mr. Tam closed by conveying GSCC’s support for the proposed World Sustainable Transport Day and GFST’s education initiatives.
OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE - JAN 19, 2023
Press Release: United Nations Group of Friends for Sustainable Transport - New York
The Global Sustainability Supply Chain Student Competition welcomes the endorsement from the UN Group of Friends for Sustainable Transport.
On December 5, 2022 the United Nations Group of Friends for Sustainable Transport held its second meeting in New York. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Ata Eyeberdyev, the Council of the Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan to the United Nations. During the meeting, Dr. Igor Runov, Executive Secretary of the International Centre of Transport Diplomacy (ICTD), informed participants about two most recent groundbreaking initiatives - the launch of the Global Transit Document (GTrD) and International Student Competition on Sustainability of supply chains.
Mr. Chung Tam, President of the Global Supply Chain Classroom (GSCC) then informed participants about the “Global Supply Chain Sustainability Student Contest”. The following summary regarding this initiative has been written into UN Group of Friends Meeting Minutes and distributed to the Member States.
"This Competition invites graduate and undergraduate students from universities around the World to develop innovative solutions to real – world challenges facing the global supply chain. The Competition was announced in October 2022 in Dushanbe and will take place during the 2023-2024 academic years.
The motto of Student Contest is ”Think Global, Act Local”. The aim – to produce an action-oriented and practical plan for implementation of innovative sustainable supply chain solutions in home region and to demonstrate its application and impact on a global scale. Three stages of Contest includes: (1) Teams will submit a project proposal with the problem analysis and solutions; (2) Finalists from each region will present their projects virtually to a judging panel. Regional winners will be selected by the judges; (3) Regional winner will present their solutions to an International Judge’s Panel (remotely) and the overall winner will be selected. Finalists will have opportunity to present projects to angel investors. The participants of the meeting were invited to transmit the information about the Contest among interested universities and invite them to join the global competition in 2023/2024 along with other 100 universities in all parts of the world."
The Secretariat of the Group of Friends of Sustainable Transport followed with a letter to the ambassadors asking them to invite their universities to participate in the Global Sustainability Supply Chain Student Competition.
“ In line with our proactive and practical approach, we kindly ask you to forward attached invitations to appropriate universities in your country and invite them to take part in an international student Contest on sustainability of the global supply chains in 2023/2024.”
The organizing committee of the Global Sustainability Supply Chain Student Competition greatly appreciates the support of the UN Group of Friends for Sustainable Transport. It brings global recognition to the competition and important role of the youth to take action on supply chain sustainability. We look forward to working together to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
For more information, please contact us at info@supplychainSDG.org
About the UN Group of Friends for Sustainable Transport:
The United Nations Group of Friends for Sustainable Transport was launched on July 6, 2022 by the Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan to the United Nations at a meeting attended by more than 90 representatives of UN member states. The overall aim was to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable transport, and exchange of ideas and views, best practices etc. on national and regional levels.
The first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference was convened in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on November 26, 2016 by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon. The conference brought together key stakeholders from Governments, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport and its multiples roles in supporting the achievement of the SDGs. All modes of transport – road, rail, aviation, ferry and maritime – were addressed. The outcome was the “Ashgabat Statement” supporting cleaner, greener transportation – from local transit systems to worldwide multimodal networks was endorsed by more than 50 countries.
The second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference, themed on “Sustainable Transport, Sustainable Development”, took place from October 14 to 16 2021 in Beijing, China. UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed that “The next nine years must see a global shift towards renewable energy. Sustainable transport is central to that transformation”. An important outcome of the conference was the “Beijing Statement of the Second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference“ which underpins the importance of transport for achieving the global climate and sustainable development goals and calls for more and enhanced international cooperation, as well as capacity-building and knowledge exchange among countries to advance sustainable transport technology and innovation and learn from good practices.