International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017

The United Nations 70th General Assembly designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. (A/RES/70/193)

 

In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector and contribute to the SDGs.  

The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development will promote tourism's role in the following five key areas:

  1. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth 
  2. Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
  3. Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change 
  4. Cultural values, diversity and heritage 
  5. Mutual undersganding, peace and security  

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Specialized Agency for Tourism, has been mandated to facilitate the organization and implementation of the International Year, in collaboration with governments, relevant organizations of the United Nations system, international and regional organizations and other relevant stakeholders. 

To learn more about the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 and its activities throughout the year, please click here

The Closing Ceremony of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 was held in The Palais des Nations,Geneva on 19 December 2017. For more information on the event, please click here