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Advancing the response of tourism to climate change

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UNWTO has been working to raise awareness on climate change issues in the tourism sector for many years, and much has been achieved. The time is right for all those involved to forge ahead.

UNWTO has been working to raise awareness on climate change issues in the tourism sector for many years, and much has been achieved. The time is right for all those involved to forge ahead. Any further delay in action will result in consequences for the tourism industry and the people who depend upon the sector.

The UNWTO background paper “From Davos to Copenhagen and Beyond: Advancing Tourism’s Response to Climate Change” takes stock of the progress achieved in this field.

This includes the 2003 Djerba Declaration, the 2007 Davos Declaration, international capacity building, and awareness-raising efforts lead by UNWTO over the years, as well as the response of Governments and the private sector which followed.

The background paper was prepared for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

The issue of climate change is now firmly entrenched in the global agenda and critical negotiations for a greenhouse gas emissions framework continue.
The tourism and travel sector must address the climate change issue and UNWTO has embraced the challenge of responding by establishing collaborative partnerships, raising awareness, developing guidance, and providing support.

LINKS:

From Davos to Copenhagen and Beyond: Advancing Tourism’s Response to Climate Change:
www.unwto.org/pdf/From_Davos_to%20Copenhagen_beyond_UNWTOPaper_ElectronicVe
rsion.pdf

UNWTO side event (jointly organized with the World Travel & Tourism Council
– WTTC) during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen:
www.unwto.org/pdf/COP15EN.pdf