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As Iraqi forces battle ISIL – Civilians Flee eastern Mosul

On the third day of the renewed Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul from ISIL militants, scores of civilians have left their homes for safety. There have been heavy clashes on the southeastern and northern fronts since Iraqi forces launched the second phase of their operation to retake the city on Thursday, after weeks of deadlock. Residents… Read More

2017 Designated As The ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development’










2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for


The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute effectively to the SDGs.

“This is a unique opportunity to build a more responsible and committed tourism sector that can capitalize its immense potential in terms of economic prosperity, social inclusion, peace and understanding, cultural and environmental preservation” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

Accounting for 7% of worldwide exports, one in eleven jobs and 10% of the world’s GDP, the tourism sector if well managed can foster inclusive economic growth, social inclusiveness and the protection of cultural and natural assets.

The International Year will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas:

(1) Inclusive and sustainable economic growth;

(2) Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction;

(3) Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change;

(4) Cultural values, diversity and heritage; and

(5)   Mutual understanding, peace and security.

The presentation of the International Year will take place in Madrid on 18 January 2017 on the occasion of the Spanish Tourism Fair, FITUR.

UNWTO invites all partners to join the celebrations by sharing their activities and initiatives to advance sustainable tourism for development at

More information:

Webportal of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017

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Become a Partner of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017

[Source: UN World Tourism Organization-Media Relations]
[Photo credits-featured image: The Palais du Trocadéro in Paris, built for the 1878 World’s Fair, around 1867.-This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.]


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