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Thursday,  June 13, 2024 4:02 AM 

U.N. adopts sustainable tourism resolution


U.N. adopts sustainable tourism resolution

A milestone resolution recognizing the contribution of sustainable tourism to poverty eradication, community development and the protection of biodiversity has been adopted by consensus by the United Nations General Assembly.

Emphasizing the need to optimize the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits stemming from sustainable tourism, particularly in developing countries, the resolution entitled “Promotion of sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, for poverty eradication and environment protection” calls upon the U.N. System to promote sustainable tourism as an instrument that can contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, said a release from the U.N.

The resolution, significantly broader in scope than previous ones on the subject, builds on a 2012 U.N. resolution on ecotourism and draws on a report prepared by UNWTO.

The resolution was adopted by consensus and sponsored by 107 Member States and places sustainable tourism firmly on the U.N. post-2015 agenda, as it requests UNWTO and other United Nations agencies to develop “… recommendations on ways and means to promote sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, as a tool for fighting poverty and promoting sustainable development …" to be submitted to the seventy-first session of the U.N. General Assembly in 2016.

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