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( Sydney 10th July 2007 – The World Tourism Organization said here today that the private sector will play a key role in shaping the global response to Climate Change and encouraged tourism industry participation in a stakeholders Conference to be held in Davos Switzerland between 1 - 3 of October this year.

Speaking at the Australian Climate Change Conference, Geoffrey Lipman UNWTO Assistant Secretary General and Christopher Brown the Chair of UNWTO Business Council said that there is a window of opportunity for the Tourism Sector to input into the mainstream global response to Climate Change.

Mr Brown, who is also Managing Director of TTF Australia (Tourism & Transport Forum) said “Tourism businesses and tourists are already recognising the need to act to reduce their carbon footprint. We must also help to shape the global regime under which we will operate. To ensure this happens, TTF will be making recommendations to the Davos Summit and encourage others in industry, around the world to do the same. It is a unique characteristic of the UNWTO that it incorporates the industry into its membership structure and we should take full advantage of it.”

Lipman said “No one now doubts the reality of Climate Change and the UN system is committed to seeking solutions that are coherent with other global challenges, particularly the war on poverty. This is important for tourism which is a vital export for poor countries. In seeking solutions we are conscious of MDG 8 and its support for Public Private Partnerships, which is a foundation for tourism strategy”

UNWTO- Committed to Tourism, Travel and the Millennium Development Goals

He added “Davos, thanks to the World Economic Forum, is a place that is known for addressing global challenges and strong private sector vision. We are delighted to have the support and involvement of the World Economic Forum and the Swiss Government, as well as the partnership of UNEP and the WMO in this important event.”
UNWTO is the central UN Agency for Tourism and has developed a series of programmes and indicators to support sustainable tourism development.

Note for Editors

In 2003 UNWTO adopted The Djerba Declaration on Tourism & Climate both as a wake up call and guidance for policymakers, industry and communities in considering the issues, at the first International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism, held in Tunisia.
It has now set in train a series of follow up meetings to adapt the declaration to current realities and to help develop a roadmap for sectoral action within the framework of the global UN response. It is working closely with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
There will be a Multi-stakeholder Summit in Davos, October 1-3, with the support of the World Economic Forum and the Swiss Federal Government. In addition to the Djerba Declaration the Summit will review a comprehensive report on Climate and Tourism which assesses the impacts and looks at ways and means to adapt and mitigate them. This will also reflect consideration of the Millennium Development Goals. The Davos meeting is open to any public or private sector player as well as civil society who will hopefully bring their viewpoints to the table.
There will be a Tourism Ministerial in London in November hosted by the World Travel Market and supported by the UK Government, focusing the results of Davos into an updated Declaration. This will then be presented at the end of November to UNWTO’s governing Assembly in Cartagena, Columbia.

For further information

Pour en savoir plus, prière de s’adresser au :
département Presse et Communication de l’OMT
Téléphone : +34 91 567 81 93 / +34 91 567 81 94 – Télécopieur : +34 91 567 82 18 -

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