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On World Tourism Day 2014 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasised “harnessing tourism’s benefits will be critical to achieving the sustainable development goals and implementing the post-2015 development agenda“.
In order to harness tourism’s benefits, we must also work together.
As part of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) efforts to promote and coordinate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform was created. This includes Partnerships for SDGs, an online platform established to encourage worldwide engagement around multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments in support of the implementation of the goals.
It is a useful platform for keeping up to date with multi-stakeholder initiatives in the tourism and travel industry – and there are plenty. The site also provides easy ways to take action and get involved.
If you are currently involved in a partnership that is working towards achieving any of the SDGs and their corresponding targets, then you can register your own. It is a excellent way to be connected at a global level, increase accountability and sharing of innovative ideas.
To find out how tourism can contribute to the SDGs click here.