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UNWTO calls on tourism sector to join UN initiative against poverty

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UNWTO joins the United Nations’ initiative “Stand Up, Take Action against Poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)” and hopes for the support of its public and private stakeholders to spread the message of tourism’s role in support of the MDGs.

UNWTO proposes a series of activities and measures to raise awareness among tourism stakeholders regarding the MDGs, aimed at reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development.

“Tourism can be an important contributor to several of these goals, especially the first one on poverty alleviation, the third one on gender equality and the seventh one on environmental sustainability”, says UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai in a message to the organisation’s member states.

He adds, “through various activities, many tourism stakeholders from the public and private sectors have already demonstrated the sector’s capacity to create jobs and provide many other social and economic benefits to the poorest layers of the population, especially women, while helping to protect delicate ecosystems.