UN Speaking As One – Supporting the Transformation to a Green Economy
UNWTO Secretary-General ad interim, Taleb Rifai has underscored that “Tourism can contribute through carbon-clean operations, jobs in environment management and energy-efficient construction, whilst aiding countries to restore their damaged economies in line with the Davos Declaration Process.”
UNWTO’s action oriented Davos Declaration Process - produced with the input from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) - is a landmark in the Organization’s longstanding campaign to raise the profile of this issue and lead a concerted industry response. The Declaration stresses the need for the sector to ‘rapidly respond to climate change, within the evolving UN framework if it is to grow in a sustainable manner”.
The current economic crisis should be viewed as an opportunity to make the changes needed to improve the industry. These changes are necessary for the industry to remain healthy and must be undertaken with the shift towards a Green Economy and sustainability in mind. This multi-target approach will ensure the sustainable development of our industry.
UNWTO promotes tourism and travel as a leader in the transformation towards a Green Economy and encouraging investment in green infrastructure –airports, high speed rail, roads and ports.
A new climate deal is expected to be reached at the UN Climate Change Conference this December in Copenhagen. The key objective is to lower emissions to tolerable levels, through use of clean energy and shared responsibility and benefits by all states.
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