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Tue, 24 July 2018

UNWTO Launches Online Platform to Achieve SDGs Through Tourism

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with the support of Switzerlands 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 worlds GDP and employment, makes harnessing its full potential essential for the advancement of the SDGs.

Tourism4SDGs.org 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.

Local villagers near Nakhon Phanom in northern Thailand participate in a workshop during the recent Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 designed to promote, educate and inspire community based tourism. Click to enlarge.

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 platforms 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.

The 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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