5thAnnual Conference of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism Windhoek, 22 – 24 February 2015

Windhoek hosted from 22nd to 24thFebruary 2015 the Fifth Annual Conference of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism with France as the vice-chair. The Sustainable Programme’s goal is to inject sustainability principles into the mainstream of tourism policies, development, and operations.

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French Delegation: two officials from the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and an official from the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, heading the delegation.

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism was established to inject sustainability principles into the mainstream of tourism policies, development, and operations. It has facilitated the development of international network and cooperation for long-term economic growth of the Tourism Sector.
This year’s Conference themes were the “Tourism Sector’s Contribution to National Development Priorities” and "Tourism as a Mechanism for Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Conservation."

Mr Uahekua Herunga, Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism, said that Namibia was one of the few countries in the world to have included the environmental protection in its constitution. He said that since independence in 1990, the percentage of the land protected by environmental laws had increased from 13% to 44%. Mr Sem Shikongo, Director of Tourism, stressed the importance of respecting local cultures for the harmonious development of the Tourism Sector.

In 2015, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism will be replaced by the "Sustainable Tourism" Programme led by the World Tourism Organization (WTO); France, Morocco and South Korea will co-lead and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will provide the Secretariat.

The French Delegation said France would continue to play a key role in the context of this Programme and that it would work to ensure that concrete and ambitious projects can continue to be supported.

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Leaders of the new Sustainable Tourism Programme meeting in Windhoek: UNEP Team, France, Korea, Morocco and UNWTO.

For more information:
Sustainable Tourism Programme

published on 18/03/2015

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