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Wildlife watching tourism is one of the most important tourism segments in Africa, according to new UNWTO research released on the occasion of World Wildlife Day. In view of tourism’s potential in advancing inclusive growth across the continent, poaching and illicit trade in wildlife pose a serious threat to the future of Africa’s socio-economic development, the publication warns. Read more.

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Berlin, Germany / Madrid, Spain, 3 March 2015 – In his ITB 2015 opening address, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai highlighted how new technologies are changing society and shaping the tourism sector, shifting power from governments and companies to citizens and consumers. Rifai recalled that with power comes responsibility and highlighted tourism´s capacity to overcome prejudice in an often divided world. Read more.

 

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This report presents findings of a three-year research project undertaken to determine what regional tourism stakeholders have learnt from practice, and what they consider to have contributed to best practice, for the sustainable planning, management, development and marketing of regional tourism destinations in Australia.

by Meredith Wray, Dianne Dredge, Carmen Cox, Jeremy Buultjens, Mary Hollick, Diane Lee, Michael Pearlman, Carol Lacroix

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Former Head of UNICEF to Chair the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection

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UNWTO is pleased to announce that Carol Bellamy, former Executive Director of UNICEF (1995-2005), is the new chair of the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection. Ms. Bellamy starts her tenure at the Network’s 30th meeting in connection with ITB Berlin in March 2015, where the Network’s agenda for the coming year will be established. Read more.

 

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UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture gathers Ministers of Tourism and Culture for the first time

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Over 900 participants, including over 45 Ministers and Vice Ministers of Tourism and Culture, international experts, speakers and guests from 100 countries, gathered at the UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to explore and advance new partnership models between tourism and culture. Read more.

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UN General Assembly: Sustainable tourism is a tool for poverty reduction and environmental protection

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A milestone resolution recognizing the contribution of sustainable tourism to poverty eradication, community development and the protection of biodiversity has been adopted by consensus by the United Nations General Assembly.

Emphasizing the need to optimize the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits stemming from sustainable tourism, particularly in developing countries, the resolution entitled “Promotion of sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, for poverty eradication and environment protection” calls upon the UN System to promote sustainable tourism as an instrument that can contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Read more.

 

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This publication reflects the importance attached by the tourism sector to the impacts of climate change and contains valuable scientific and technical information. It also constitutes an important input in the ongoing commitment of the United Nations to respond to the challenge of climate change. The publication contains two distinct parts, “The International Debate,” and the technical report.

by UNWTO

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The threat of climate change to prosperity in one country cannot be removed by the actions of that country alone. Effective action to moderate the risks of human-induced climate change requires large contributions to reductions in emissions from all major countries, and substantial contributions from the rest of the world as well. As a result, the search for effective climate change policy is partly a search for effective cooperation amongst countries of a kind and dimension that has never previously been known. This paper discusses that search for an international basis for effective climate change policy.

by Professor Ross Garnaut

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From Davos to Copenhagen and Beyond: Advancing Tourism’s Response to Climate Change is a background paper on the UNWTO Davos Declaration and the actions following.

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Davos Declaration: Climate Change and Tourism Responding to Global Challenges

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Signed at the 2nd International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism in Davos, Switzerland on 3 October 2007, The Davos Declaration underscores that the tourism sector must rapidly respond to climate change, within the evolving UN framework if it is to grow in a sustainable manner. The Declaration recognises that tourism sector has an important place in that framework, given its global economic and social value, its role in sustainable development and its strong relationships with climate.

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