For Mexico, sustainability is the basis for the formation of a new tourism

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For Mexico, sustainability is the basis for the formation of a new tourism
Wed November 11, 2020

The Secretary of Tourism participated in the National Council of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and thus made important statements

Faced with the never-before-seen challenges that are presented to us today, sustainability is the cornerstone for the formation of a new tourism, turned into a solid tool for social reconciliation, said the Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, when participating virtually in the National Council of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Speaking to the members of the National Council of the 2030 Agenda, he stated that the Ministry of Tourism is more committed than ever to meeting the 17 sustainable development goals of this agenda, which is demonstrated by the implementation of the strategy "Mexico Reborn Sustainable", aimed at designing, financing and implementing projects and programs that make Mexico a sustainable destination.

"This has been possible thanks to the network of alliances and agreements that we have woven with other government agencies, academia, international organizations, and the private and social sectors," he said.

With the presence of Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón, Secretary of Foreign Relations, who chaired the session on behalf of the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the head of Sectur added that with this initiative ten strategic programs are being developed that are being applied in tourist destinations , World Heritage sites, indigenous communities, Magical Towns and Protected Natural Areas, among others.

He mentioned that some of these projects that are directly linked to the objectives of the 2030 Agenda are, in relation to "Quality Education", the "Paths of the Mexican Renaissance", where the "Route of the Moctezuma Fish" stands out, which seeks to promote experiential education, and in which the tourist enjoys his biocultural environment and, at the same time, learns from the place he visits.

This route integrates six states of the republic, eight Magical Towns and six World Heritage Sites. In its first edition, held last March, it had a significant impact with the participation of 1,700 competitors from Canada, the United States, Spain, Germany, France and Mexico. And in 2021 its second edition will take place, expecting an even greater participation.

He added that, as regards "Decent Work and Sustainable Growth", there is a "Sustainable Tourism Strategy 2030", through which Mexico is viewed as the country of the future in tourism, due to conservation of its biocultural heritage and by the practice of socially inclusive and economically fair tourism.

In addition, to comply with the sustainable development objective, related to the "Reduction of Inequalities", work is being done on the "Community and Sustainable Tourism Strategy in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec", a region that has some municipalities where more than ninety per one hundred of its inhabitants live in extreme poverty.

“The biocultural wealth of this area allows the development of unique experiences in the field of Nature, Community, Indigenous and Rural Tourism, and therefore represents a fertile field to create decent and equitable jobs, and promote the social well-being of the communities ”, he assured.

Another relevant project is "Kuxatur", focused on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the tourism sector, with special emphasis on coastal ecosystems, thereby paying for the objective of underwater life.

He specified that this initiative, implemented by the Ministry of Tourism with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), will be launched in three strategic sites: Sian Ka'an, in Quintana Roo, a World Heritage Site; Huatulco, Oaxaca; and Sierra La Laguna, in Baja California Sur. 

"As well as these projects, there are others in which we are engaged, such as" Adaptur ", oriented to the objective" Action for the Climate "; and that of "Chroniclers of the Mexican Renaissance", through which 70 tourist guide books were produced to strengthen biocultural identity, which contributes much to the objective of "Peace, Justice and Solid Institutions" of the 2030 Agenda, "he stated. the secretary Torruco Marqués.

In this meeting, convened by the head of the Office of the Presidency and Executive Secretary of the National Council of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Alfonso Romo Garza, also participated the heads of various secretariats of State, such as Olga Sánchez Cordero, of the Interior ; María Luisa Albores González, of the Environment and Natural Resources; Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula, from Agriculture and Rural Development; Irma Eréndira Sandoval Ballesteros, from the Public Function; Jorge Alcocer Varela, from Health; Luisa María Alcalde Luján, from Labor and Social Security; and Jorge Arganis Díaz Leal, from Communications and Transport.

Also taking part were Alicia Bárcena, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Julio Santaella, president of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi); as well as undersecretaries representing the Public Security Secretariats; Finance and Public Credit; National defense; Wellness; Energy; Culture; and Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development, among other public officials.


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