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World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) acting on climate and poverty imperatives

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) acting on climate and poverty imperatives (Forimmediaterelease.net) The tourism sector has the potential to act effectively on the evolving common agenda of climate change  response and the fight against poverty. UNWTO put forward this message  during the thematic debate “Addressing Climate Change: The United Nations  and the World at Work", at UN Headquarters in New York. “This is the message that  we took to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bali.  It fits into the  road map laid out by Secretary-General Ban  Ki-moon for the broader UN System  Agenda. UNWTO’s  position has evolved through a comprehensive preparation which started back in 2003  with a shared vision of three Agencies - UNWTO representing tourism, the United  Nations Environment Programme representing environment and the World  Metereological Organization representing science that we will need to act  comprehensively on this issue. Throughout last year we brought together all the  key Tourism players to draw up guidelines for a more climate conscious future  and to support the MDGs”, said  UNWTO’s Secretary-General, Francesco Frangialli. “The resultant “Davos Declaration Framework” gives us both principles  and new directions for the task ahead.” Throughout  2008 UNWTO will campaign for a constructive approach by the tourism industry –  public, private and civil society – calling on them to work together to support  the Davos Declaration Framework to help transform the sector to meet the climate  and poverty imperatives. “Tourism  Responding to the Challenges of Climate Change” has been designated as the  theme for this year’s World Tourism Day, celebrated every September 27 around  the world. Tourism is one of the main services  exports with a strong comparative advantage in the world’s poorest and emerging  countries. These are markets that are growing at twice the rate of  industrialized countries. At the same time our product is tied to climate and  like other sectors we are green house gas contributors. Responsible growth  patterns must now address economic, social, environmental and climate sustainability. “This is the quadruple bottom line  challenge which is at the heart of our campaign” according toUNWTO  Assistant Secretary-General Professor Geoffrey Lipman who addressed the  Assembly Session. “ will  mobilize its more than 150 Member   States and its Affiliate  Members in the private, academic and destination communities, representing a network  of thousands around the world in an effort to raise awareness of the magnitude  of the challenge and contribute to the global response.”

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