UNWTO consolidates its commitment to sustainability

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UNWTO consolidates its commitment to sustainability
Source: Twitter @UNWTO
June 03, 2022

Executive Director Zoritsa Urosevic highlighted the catalytic role of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in the sector

The One Planet Forum was organized by the One Planet Secretariat (UNEP) in association with the Stockholm International +50 Conference, to commemorate 50 years of global environmental action. Important commitments to change business behavior and promote the circular economy and investments in sustainable consumption and production were made during plenary discussions on "Investing in People and Nature".

UNWTO Executive Director, Ms. Zoritsa Urosevic, highlighted the catalytic role of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism, reaching 600 signatories in 6 months. Visit Finland announced its signing of the Glasgow Declaration and Mastercard reiterated its support to help make tourism destinations more sustainable and inclusive by co-developing new digital solutions.

“Finland's tourism product is sensitive to the effects of a warming climate. It is important to secure business opportunities and jobs within the industry. The development of low-carbon travel options, experiences and destinations must be ensured. The Finnish tourism industry is committed to a common goal and has joined forces. Today, 60 Finnish travel organizations have signed the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism,” said Kristiina Hietasaari, Senior Director of Visit Finland.

In 1972, there were 189 million international tourist arrivals, and this grew almost tenfold until the start of the pandemic. Today, international tourism arrivals are at the levels of 1992, precisely when the Rio Conventions on Climate Change and Biodiversity Protection were adopted, which guide the environmental action of our sector.
Tourism's contribution to sustainable development has been recognized in the Sustainable Development Goals. As the sector recovers from the pandemic, tourism stakeholders are increasingly interested in increasing environmental action and inclusion.

But how will new consumer trends spur change? During the workshop “Green pushes to increase the circularity of plastics”, organized jointly by the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Program and the Sustainable Lifestyles Program in collaboration with the French government and UNEP, tourism stakeholders explored the application of behavioral science to implement environmental measures. policies at the destination level. The report “A Life Cycle Approach: Key Messages for Tourism Businesses to Address Single-Use Plastics”, produced under the Global Initiative on Plastics in Tourism, was also published in all United Nations languages. United.

UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, will address the Stockholm+50 plenary session on Friday, which will be opened by UN Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, on June 3.


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