Wed 14 Oct 2015 – Nancy Young (right), VP Environmental Affairs for US airline trade association Airlines for America (A4A) has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to his High-Level Advisory Group for Sustainable Transport. The Group, which represents all sectors and modes of transport, was established in 2014 with a three-year mandate tasked with making actionable policy recommendations on sustainable transport at all levels, while promoting the further integration of sustainable transport into development strategies and policies, including in climate action. Its aim is to promote sustainable transport that is in line with inclusive and equitable growth, social development, protection of the global environment and ecosystems, and addressing climate change.
A recent assessment by the Group found that sustainable transport will be central to the implementation of many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals just adopted by the United Nations.
Young has long experience in the environmental, sustainability and aviation fields and in relevant working groups under the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In addition to leading A4A’s environmental programmes, Young is an active participant in the Air Transport Action Group, serves as the environmental co-lead of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative and is a member of the Advisory Board to the Aviation Sustainability Center.
“I am honoured to serve on this distinguished group, as I share with the Secretary-General the firm view that sustainable transport and sustainable development go hand in hand,” said Young. “The world’s airlines are a case in point, as we connect the world and power economic growth, employment, trade links and tourism, all the while maintaining a tremendous environmental track record and a commitment to further progress. I look forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues, under the leadership of the Secretary-General, to expand the policy and action platform to further catalyse sustainable transport growth and development.”
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