Tourism’s Role In Climate Change Issues Discussed At UN Event
The role of tourism
in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change was on the table on the
occasion of the 22
ndSession of the United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP22).
Discussions were aimed at increasing awareness on tourism and
climate change-related issues and to encourage the sector to engage in actions
that reinforce national commitments to the Paris Agreement and the 2030
Sustainable Development Agenda.
“The tourism sector is both a vector and a victim of climate
change and we are fully committed to contribute to reach the objectives set by
the Paris Agreement,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.
“This event was essential to advance this agenda, especially the
discussion on measurement and reporting requirements as a basis for identifying
and prioritizing climate action in tourism,” Rifai added.
"Sustainable tourism creates opportunities and assembles
partners to help transform the industry towards low emissions and more
efficient and less polluting operations. We must make tourism and every other
industry contributor to our climate change action and a sustainable future,"
said Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary.
The event focused in particular on the need for partnerships
with the private sector and the role of sustainable transportation to
accelerate climate action in tourism.
“Climate change can only be addressed if actors from all parts
of society -- governments, businesses, NGOs and consumers -- make a global and
broad shift towards sustainable consumption and production patterns. Accounting
for 10% of GDP, 7% of the world's exports and one in 11 jobs, tourism is one of
the main economic sectors in the world, and as such has to be at the core of
this essential transition,” said Charles Arden-Clarke, Head of the 10YFP