The UNWTO and WTTC have welcomed the adoption of
the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs are an universal 17-goal plan of action for people,
the planet and prosperity for all countries and require all
stakeholders to act in collaborative partnerships.
The SDGs were
approved by the 70th Session of the United Nations General
Assembly on 25 September 2015.
“Issues such as climate change, effective
resource management, poverty reduction and inclusive growth need
to be at the center of tourism development. Now that the goals
have been approved, it is time to step up our action, time to
advance policies and business strategies that monitor and minimize
the negative effects of tourism development and maximize its
positive impacts, namely through the distribution of its benefits
among host communities,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
Tourism is included in
the SDGs as a target in Goal 8, Goal 12 and Goal 14:
8, on the promotion of “sustained, inclusive and sustainable
economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work
for all includes as Target 8.9 “By 2030, devise and implement
policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products”.
- Goal 12 aimed to
“ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” includes
as Target 12.b to “Develop and implement tools to monitor
sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism which
creates jobs, promotes local culture and products”.
14 set to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and
marine resources for sustainable development” includes as target
14.7 "by 2030 increase the economic benefits of SIDS and LCDs from
the sustainable use of marine resources, including through
sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism”.
“Travel and tourism is a sector which
collectively contributes nearly 10% of the world’s GDP and one in
eleven of all jobs on the planet. Over one billion people cross
international borders each year, a number expected to reach 1.8
billion by 2030, while at the same time, billions more travel
domestically. This is a sector which will play a very significant
role in making progress towards the Sustainable Development
Goals,” said David Scowsill, President of the World Travel &
Tourism Council (WTTC). “The Sustainable Development Goals will
play a major role in framing our world for the next generation.
The Global Travel Association Coalition, representing the major
public and private bodies in the Travel & Tourism industry,
welcomes their adoption and the part that our sector will play in
making them a reality.”
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