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Published on : Saturday, November 2, 2013
Green Globe Certification was the only certification body invited to address the United Nations Ad-hoc Expert Group Meeting on Enhancing Sustainable Tourism (EGM), which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, from October 29 – 30, 2013.
Green Globe Certification is the premier provider and certification body for sustainability in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry, providing services in over 83 countries worldwide. In his presentation at EGM, Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, underscored the success of Green Globe members in all the geographies. Members save energy and water resources, reduce operational costs, and contribute positively to local communities and the environment. Green Globe Certification is at the forefront of delivering sustainable solutions to the international travel and tourism market, tailored to each geographical area and local factors.
“It was a privilege to introduce Green Globe members and their success in sustainability to this high profile group of government representatives, academics, as well as UN officials,” said Guido Bauer, CEO at Green Globe Certification.
Participation in the ad-hoc EGM is by invitation only. Participants included national experts involved in promotion of sustainable tourism, private sector players from the tourism industry, representatives of relevant business associations and international partnerships, UN-system entities engaged in promoting sustainable tourism, representatives of international organizations promoting and facilitating investment in eco-tourism, such as the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, the World Bank Group, the German International Cooperation Agency, the International Ecotourism Society, and several others.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainability Development (Rio + 20), held in June 2012, stressed that “Sustainable Tourism, well managed and designed, can make significant contributions towards sustainable development. It has the potential to contribute to a green and inclusive economy, in creating decent jobs, generating trade opportunities and income. In order to enable such positive synergies, facilities must be built to promote environmental awareness, understanding of impact and conditions for the conservation of biodiversity, flora and fauna, wildlife and ecosystems. Likewise, an understanding of the linkages between impact of tourism, local communities, and cultural diversity, is necessary to promote holistic positive outcomes of tourism activities.