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Inclusive tourism and Sustainable Development Goals

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome/Madrid , 05.10.2019, 21:33 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Dr. Carlo Marino Bericht 1839x gelesen

Rome/Madrid [ENA] The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization combined their forces to strengthen sustainable and inclusive tourism as a tool for achieving growth and development. The EBRD is owned by 69 countries, as well as the European Union and the European Investment Bank. The EBRD President is currently Sir Suma Chakrabarti. Each shareholder is represented on the

Board of Governors, which has overall authority over the EBRD. The EBRD and UNWTO are longstanding partners. In 2015, the two institutions signed an agreement in the framework of the EBRD’s commitment for supporting inclusive and sustainable tourism in the economies where the Bank invests, particularly in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region and the Western Balkans. Under a Memorandum of Understanding, signed by EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti and UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid on 4 October 2019 the two international institutions committed to work together in promoting tourism for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The MoU supports the new ERBD strategy which focusses on green buildings, inclusive tourism and urban regeneration. In particular, the EBRD and UNWTO are looking for ways to strengthen the role of the tourism sector for social, economic and environmental development for regional integration and economic diversification. Encouraging the development of education and training in tourism for job creation and socioeconomic inclusion, by adopting the best practices to increase and improve knowledge, abilities, and experience in the sector, is a key priority for both the EBRD and UNWTO.

The two institutions will also look to give strength to tourism governance and institutions, support or actively encourage policy dialogue at national and regional level on subjects of common concern, facilitate investments and publicly support for the increase of Official Development Aid flows to the tourism sector, including through UNWTO. UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili declared : “Tourism has become a central part of the global sustainable development agenda. Strengthening our partnership with the EBRD will help us drive the sector forward, deliver change in the tourism climate and digital economy and help guide the growth of tourism in a responsible and inclusive manner for the benefit of all.

We are happy to be your tourism intelligence and action partner.” EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti commented: “I am very delighted to be working with UNWTO to promote sustainable and inclusive tourism across the EBRD regions. Travel and tourism represent a vitally important and fast-growing sector of the global economy, and can benefit poorer, more remote regions, opening up job opportunities, promoting economic inclusion for all and facilitating the transfer of valuable skills. These are all objectives central to the EBRD’s mission.”

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