Transport and sustainable development
Cargo Coordinating Forum
Publication date : 17/06/1999
An industry-wide initiative for achieving a better economic, social and environmental future.
At the 1992 "Rio Earth Summit", member governments of the United Nations adopted Agenda 21 as a comprehensive blueprint for achieving Sustainable Development - that is, meeting present economic, social and environmental needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own requirements.
The International Chamber of Commerce had anticipated Chapter 27 of Agenda 21, on strengthening the role of non-governmental partners, and Chapter 30, on strengthening the role of business and industry, by developing and adopting the ICC Business Charter for Sustainable Development in 1990.
In line with the Business Charter commitment to help business improve its environmental performance, the ICC is developing an overall transport strategy to meet three sustainable development objectives - economic development, social equity and environmental protection.
Transport occupies an irreplaceable socio-economic position linking supply to demand. Current market forces will continue to increase transport demand. Transport is indispensable to trade, tourism, development and the well being of any economy. Efficient transport systems are a necessity for economic development and social welfare and also reduce th e scope for an adverse impact on the environment.