UNWTO Highlights Tourism’s Role In Climate Response
Nairobi | The Tourism Sector should be brought to the table in the global response to Climate Change, said UNWTO Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli, addressing the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Governing Council in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Frangialli announced a work programme which will culminate in two major conferences in 2007 – a preparatory sectoral summit in Davos, Switzerland, in September, supported by the Swiss Federal Government, and a Global Ministerial meeting in London, co-organized with the UK Government and World Travel Market, in November.
There will be two overriding considerations for UNWTO, the Secretary-General added. “First, promoting responsible growth of tourism to advance global trade, as well as strengthening the links between people and cultures which foster mutual understanding. This will mean innovative adaptation across the sector using all the tools and technologies as they become available. Second, ensuring that tourism remains a key tool to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and helping poor nations lift themselves out of the poverty trap. Tourism represents 40% of services exports and the world’s poorest countries have comparative advantage in this area which must be encouraged as a part of responsible climate change strategies.”
UNWTO and UNEP have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in a number of ways – most immediately, UNWTO will join the billion tree planting campaign of UNEP and the environment agency will strengthen its support for UNWTO’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism to upbeat the sustainability and climate response components. The organizations will collaborate on the Tourism Climate Change Summits.
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