The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with the
support of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO),
has developed an online tool designed to advance the achievement
of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through tourism objective.
The economic relevance of tourism, representing up
to 10% of the world’s GDP and employment, makes harnessing its
full potential essential for the advancement of the SDGs.
is a co-creation space that allows users to access a wide range of
resources, add their own initiatives, findings and projects,
motivate discussion and collaboration, and share content related
to tourism and sustainable development.
“Tourism plays a vital role in many, if not all,
of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” said UNWTO
Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. “Tourism has come of age
as a cross-cutting economic activity with deep social
ramifications, and the Tourism for SDGs Platform is providing the
global tourism community with a space to co-create and engage to
realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
The platform’s three main features act as a call
for action. Learn, Share and Act, the three levels of interaction
at Tourism4SDGs.org aim not only to educate but also to encourage conversation and
collaboration towards a sustainable tourism sector.
“Switzerland strongly supports this platform as it will allow
a focus on the three main components of sustainable tourism: its
economic, environmental and social dimensions,” said Ambassador Raymund Furrer of SECO.
platform was launched during the United Nations High-Level
Political Forum on Sustainable Development ‘Transformation towards
sustainable and resilient societies’ (New York, 9-18 July) during
an event co-hosted by UNWTO and the One Planet network.
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