WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2015 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today applauded United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s appointment of Nancy N. Young, A4A’s Vice President of Environmental Affairs to his High-Level Advisory Group for Sustainable Transport. The Advisory Group is 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.
“I am honored 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 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 catalyze sustainable transport growth and development.”
Young brings decades of experience in the environmental, sustainability and aviation fields and in relevant working groups under the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization. In addition to leading A4A’s environmental programs, 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.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor, Congress, the Administration and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.