Volvo Group advises UN on sustainable transport

Volvo Group CEO Martin Lundstedt makes recommendations to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre), with Martin Lundstedt (left), CEO of Volvo Group and Carolina Toha (right), Mayor of Santiago, Chile – co-chairs of the Secretary-General’s High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre), with Martin Lundstedt (left), CEO of Volvo Group and Carolina Toha (right), Mayor of Santiago, Chile – co-chairs of the Secretary-General’s High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport.

Volvo Group CEO Martin Lundstedt has submitted a report to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon containing ten key recommendations on the importance of sustainable transport as a pillar of sustainable development.

In his role as co-chair of the ‘High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport’, the report submitted by Lundstedt calls for increased international development funding, supportive legislation and incentives to promote new transport technologies.

The report also highlights ElectriCity, the Volvo Group’s full-electric bus route in the city of Göteborg, as an innovative collaboration in the field of new, clean public transport.

The UN Secretary-General set up this independent advisory group in 2014 to provide recommendations on how sustainable transport can advance sustainable development.

As one of two co-chairs, the Volvo Group has led the work of the advisory group, which includes leaders from the public and private sectors and represents all modes of transport.

“Sustainable transport is a driver of sustainable development and a precondition for economic growth, eradicating poverty and combating climate change. The shift towards sustainable transport represents great opportunities for our industry,” Volvo Group CEO Martin Lundstedt.

“The Volvo Group will embrace these opportunities by developing new technologies and new business models and by working closely together with our customers and the entire value chain.

The themes of the report are deeply applicable to the Middle East region, with its submission to the UN comes hot on the heels of the 2nd Natrans Xpo transport exhibition held last week in Abu Dhabi.

There, Dr Abdullah Salem Alkathiri, director general of the UAE’s Federal Transport Authority (FTA) – Land & Maritime, stated: “Innovative and smart technologies are integral to the sustainable growth of the transportation industry in the Middle East.”

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