UNWTO and WHO will create a coalition of health and tourism partners

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UNWTO and WHO will create a coalition of health and tourism partners
Zurab Pololikashvili
Source: Twitter @UNWTO
June 17, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of building more sustainability and resilience in both economies and public health systems


Recognizing the need to learn from the lessons of the crisis, the two UN agencies will further develop their collaboration and strengthen cooperation. At the eighth high-level meeting of the WHO/Europe Small Countries Initiative (SCI), held in Bečići, Montenegro, UNWTO made the case for health promotion and sustainable tourism in small countries , including the 11 European countries with less than 2 million inhabitants. people.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili told the meeting: “COVID-19 has shown that any crisis that threatens the health, safety and security of people, communities and the environment is also a risk to tourism. in itself. I am confident that strong cooperation at all levels will put health high on the tourism agenda. It will contribute to healthy tourists, healthy communities, a healthy environment and healthy economies for current and future generations.”

Montenegro Declaration on Health and Tourism

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of building more sustainability and resilience in both economies and public health systems.

Organized around the theme "Towards better health and well-being in the small countries of the WHO European Region", the ministerial event focused on two issues that are currently high on the agenda of small countries, namely emergencies (long-term prevention, health system preparedness, response and recovery) and the development of healthy and sustainable tourism. On the occasion of the meeting, the “Roadmap towards better health in the small countries of the WHO European Region 2022-2025” was presented and the “Declaration of Montenegro” was unanimously adopted.  

The “Montenegro Declaration” recognizes that health and tourism are deeply interconnected in the globalized world, and the reopening of travel and tourism is crucial for economic recovery, employment and livelihoods in small countries. Stresses that cooperation and collaboration is required and welcomes and supports the creation of a coalition of partners in health and tourism, jointly coordinated by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and UNWTO to build the evidence for policy action and facilitate country dialogue .

Long-standing collaboration 
UNWTO and WHO have maintained regular coordination since the outbreak of the pandemic and WHO has participated in the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, created in March 2020 to guide the tourism sector and formulate a sectoral response to the crisis. unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and restart tourism with data-driven decisions based on scientific evidence. 

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