Tourism for sustainable development focus of U.N. forum

The event will showcase India's G20 Presidency's Goa Roadmap for Tourism

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With India's support, the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations will host a high-level roundtable on 'Sustainability in Tourism' at the U.N. headquarters in New York on July 14. It is a part of the U.N. high-level political forum, advancing UNWTO's work in sustainable tourism through public-private partnerships, the UNWTO said. Photo courtesy: iStock

WITH SUPPORT FROM India’s Ministry of Tourism, the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations is hosting a high-level roundtable on ‘Sustainability in Tourism’ at the U.N. headquarters in New York on July 14. The roundtable, organized in collaboration with Croatia’s Ministry of Tourism, is a part of the forum on sustainable development, the UNWTO said in a statement.

The event will advance UNWTO’s work in sustainable tourism through public-private partnerships.

“It aims to bring collective action for sustainable tourism across sectors through discussions with global leaders and U.N. representatives,” the statement said.

In New York, UNWTO and partners will promote sustainable development goals understanding, present the Goa Roadmap, raise awareness about measuring tourism sustainability, outline benefits of an ESG Framework for Tourism Businesses, and share key points from the “Achieving the SDGs through tourism: Toolkit of Indicators for Projects,” developed with the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the statement added.

Csaba Kőrösi, president of the U.N. General Assembly, and Lachezara Stoeve, president of the Economic and Social Council, will jointly inaugurate the event. Moderated by UNWTO’s executive director, the high-level roundtable will include Tourism Ministers from Croatia, India, Jamaica, and Spain, along with Ivan Šimonović, permanent representative of Croatia to the UN. Matt Callaghan, director of EasyJet Holidays, and Edward Brooks, executive director of Oxford SDG Impact Lab, will represent the private and academic sectors respectively, the statement said.

In June, the World Travel & Tourism Council and UNWTO signed a memorandum of understanding at the G20 Ministerial meeting in Goa to promote global collaboration for job creation, talent development, and business opportunities in the travel and tourism industry worldwide.