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Sustainable Development Goals

What’s on the Agenda for 2017?

United Nations declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Which of the Sustainable Development Goals contribute to a more sustainable world in terms of tourism?

The importance of sustainable development goals

On 25th September 2015, countries adopted a set of targets under the United Nations supervision to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. These are called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), each consisting of targets which should be achieved by each participating country within the next 15 years.

The UN declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. It’s a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector regarding economic, and environmental development while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued. Listed below are Sustainable Development Goals which all should impact tourism positively.

  • Environmental
    • Climate action
      Climate change especially global warming is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies, affecting tourism and transforming lives. It is costing people, communities, and countries dearly today. If action isn’t taken today, the implications will even be more tomorrow.
    • Sustainable cities and communities
      At the heart of tourism, lies cities. At their preeminent, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically. We must preserve the beauty and aesthetic value of cities so its inhabitants, and the visitors can live healthy lives for many decades to come.
    • Affordable and clean energy
      Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Access to energy by all is essential, including for the tourism sector. And not any energy, but clean and affordable energy.
  • Economic
    • Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
      Investments in infrastructure especially in areas crucial to the tourism sector: transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology, can have a huge impact. They all contribute to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in different aspects. One example of a sustainable infrastructure initiative is CO2 compensation.
    • Responsible consumption and production
      Sustainable consumption and production are about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, providing access to essential services, green and decent jobs and thereby ensuring a better quality of life for all. Implementation of sustainability in all these areas helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs and therefore strengthening economic competitiveness and reducing poverty.

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