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Tourism will grow smartly - World tourism day 2008 think tank
The Think Tank was chaired by H.E. Mrs Mercedes Araoz Fernandez, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru, and moderated by UNWTO Assistant Secretary-General, Geoffrey Lipman.
A group of leading public and private tourism stakeholders, representatives of civil society and of the UN system highlighted the inter-relationship between climate response and global poverty reduction efforts. Simultaneous efforts on both fronts are key to effectively meet and promote sustainability goals by the tourism sector.
"Tourism must grow in a smart way. The commitment to credible sustainability criteria will represent big opportunities for new entrepreneurs in this smart growth economy, involving businesses, communities and innovative governments", said Geoffrey Lipman.
The experts convened by UNWTO agreed that special consideration must be given to the world's poorest countries. While these are the least contributors to global warming, they will face the worst hardship of its consequences.
Against this background, tourism has to take advantage of its potential as a global communications industry. The sector can be used as a platform to help educate the world on the need for action on climate change coherent with the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
ClimateSolutions.travel and Tourpact.GC represent innovative and concrete steps to keep the momentum on the Davos Declaration Process, to help advance replicable good practice and to engage the private sector.
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