UNWTO (United Nations World Travel Organization) has joined all the other United Nations agencies assembled in Copenhagen to send a clear message that the UN is both “working and delivering as one” on climate change. The commitment, which is being respected by all agencies in a highly-coordinated manner, was stressed by the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, at the UN high-level interactive debate on the role of the UN system in addressing climate change. UNWTO secretary-general elect, Taleb Rifai, represented the travel and tourism industry at the session, which took place on Wednesday, December 16.
The high-level interactive debate was attended by delegates to the UN Climate Change Summit, observers, and the public at large.
Under the leadership of the UN secretary-general, the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), of which UNWTO is a member, has undertaken an extensive exercise in coordination to align the strengths, capacities, and expertise of all UN System organizations to deliver as one in meeting the challenge of climate change.
The UN system is determined to provide coherent and consistent support to the efforts of member states at national, regional, and global levels in addressing climate change through action on adaptation, capacity building, technology transfer, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD,) and other areas.
Further to its role within the UN system, UNWTO has embraced the challenge of responding to climate change by establishing collaborative partnerships, raising awareness, developing guidance, and providing support to its members and the travel and tourism industry.
UNWTO background paper: From Davos to Copenhagen and Beyond: Advancing Tourism’s Response to Climate Chang’
UNWTO side event during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (jointly organized with the World Travel & Tourism Council – WTTC):