UNWTO confirms summit dates

UNWTO will hold the Second International Conference on
Climate Change and Tourism in Davos, Switzerland, from 1-3 October 2007. The
Conference is organized together with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
and supported by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
There is now a wide recognition of the urgent need for society, at all levels, to
implement strategies to face the changing climate conditions and to take preventive
actions for future effects.
UNWTO Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli said that: “UNWTO as the lead tourism
organization in the UN family is collaborating with UNEP as the key environment
Agency, to ensure that the tourism sector plays its part in this matter. It is also
delighted that with the support of the Swiss Federal Government and with the World
Economic Forum as a supporting partner, Davos will host this conference - where so
much global reflection takes place. The Davos International Conference and the
follow-up Ministerial Summit in London will trigger research and policy measures
that will enable tourism to respond to the challenges of climate change and at the
same time reduce the industry’s own contributions to global warming.”
The message that climate change and development must be tackled together has also
been identified by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a global priority.
UNWTO’s commitment to sustainable development and the fight against poverty plays a
crucial role when considering the wider implications of climate change. Furthermore
the Organization’s special structure, which includes private sector affiliates and
their representative international organizations, integrates important stakeholders
in these crucial areas.
Climate change is a key issue for policymakers worldwide and tourism is an important
element of discussions. The Second International Conference welcomes stakeholders
from the public and private sector, and representatives from the civil society.
In 2003 UNWTO held its first International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism
in Djerba, Tunisia. Attended by governments, industry and civil society it produced
the Djerba Declaration which reflected UNWTO’s longstanding work in the field of
sustainability and set a proactive agenda for sector response to the challenge of
climate change.
UNWTO will review its Djerba Declaration in Davos and explore ways for Tourism to
respond to today’s climate imperative, while still advancing other priorities, such
as the Organization’s commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goals.