Climate change is in prime focus of world tourism

Published on : Wednesday, November 16, 2016

world-tourismA symposium on the role of tourism in implementing the Paris Agreement was held recently by UNWTO. This was the International Symposium of the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the United Nations 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), held during COP 22. It discussed how to improve sustainable tourism in changing climates throughout the world.

The symposium highlighted increasing awareness about tourism and issues related to climate change. To quote Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of the UNWTO, “The tourism sector is both a vector and a victim of climate change and we are fully committed to contribute to reach the objectives set by the Paris Agreement. This event was essential to advance this agenda, especially the discussion on measurement and reporting requirements as a basis for identifying and prioritizing climate action in tourism.”


Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary said in her video address to this event that sustainable tourism provides opportunities and brings partners to help transform the tourism industry towards lower emissions and less pollution. Tourism needs to take immediate action for climate change concern and initiate a sustainable future.


Governments, businesses, NGOs and consumers need to make a joint effort towards sustainable tourism, since tourism is a chief economic sector of the world. This symposium was part of the 3-day COP22 Tourism Side Events organized by the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme and hosted by the Ministry of Tourism of Morocco.


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