Approval of the framework Convention of the UNWTO Tourism Ethics : This is a historic decision !
The Member States of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) approved yesterday a historical document, the framework Convention of the UNWTO Tourism Ethics. Adopted at the twenty-second session of the General Assembly of the UNWTO, This Convention becomes the Code of ethics for tourism in an international convention, the first in the life of the Organization.
The Convention, which refers to the responsibilities of all stakeholders towards the development of a sustainable tourism, a framework for specifying a modus operandi ethical and sustainable, which includes the right to tourism, freedom of movement of tourists and the rights of workers and professionals.
"In an interconnected world where the business of tourism volume is comparable., When it does not exceed, as oil exports, food or automobiles, It is important to have a legal framework to ensure that growth will be managed in a responsible and sustainable. Tourism is a force that must be exploited to the benefit of all,"said the President of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, Pascal Lamy.
Pascal Lamy, Chairman of the Committee since 2013, and his colleagues, contributed to the presentation of the Convention on the ethics of tourism in the twenty-second General Assembly of the UNWTO.
The Code conversion, adopted in 1999, into a full-fledged Convention represents an important step to ensure that the expansion of tourism will be in respect of sustainable development, social problems, development of local communities and a better understanding between cultures without neglecting the aspects related to the world of work.
"We are living a historic moment for the WTO" said the Secretary general of the UNWTO, Taleb Rifai, before adding : "The approval of the Convention is a great achievement of the international year of sustainable tourism for development that we celebrate in." 2017. She also launched a clear signal showing that countries are committed to making tourism a force at the service of a better future for all. It strengthens the institutional linkages of UNWTO at within the United Nations system".
The UNWTO General Assembly was sponsored by Union Pay International and CNN.
The Global Code of ethics for tourism
Fundamental frame of reference for responsible and sustainable tourism, the Global Code of ethics for tourism is a comprehensive set of principles meant to guide the main actors of the tourism development. The code, which is addressed both to public authorities and professionals in the sector trips as communities and tourists, aims to contribute to maximizing the benefits of tourism while limiting to a minimum any potentially negative impact on the environment, cultural heritage and companies all over the world.
The code was adopted in 1999 by the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization. Recognising two years later, United Nations expressly encouraged the WTO to promote the effective application of its provisions in practice. The code is not legally binding, but he nevertheless plans control of voluntary application through the role entrusted to the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, which may be submitted by stakeholders of issues related to the application and interpretation of the document.
The ten principles of the code cover widely the economic components, social, cultural and environmental travel and tourism :
Article 1 : Tourism's contribution to the understanding and mutual respect between men and companies
Article 2 : Tourism, vector of individual and collective fulfillment
Article 3 : Tourism, factor of sustainable development
Article 4 : Tourism, user of the cultural heritage of mankind and contributor to its enhancement
Article 5 : Tourism, beneficial activity for host communities and countries
Article 6 : Obligations of stakeholders in tourism development
Article 7 : Right to tourism
Article 8 : Freedom of tourist travel
Article 9 : Rights of workers and entrepreneurs in the tourism industry
Article 10 : Implementation of the principles of the Global Code of ethics for tourism