The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism has recently organised its Partners’ Symposium and 2nd Annual Conference. The event took place on March 12-13, 2012 in Seoul and was hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea with support from the Government of France and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Almost 200 people attended the Partnership Symposium and 43 members participated in the Annual Conference. Participants included the local diplomatic corps and delegations from the regions of Asia-Pacific (Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand); Africa (Cameroon, Madagascar, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, South Africa), Europe (France, Germany, U.K., Norway, Portugal, Spain), Latin America (Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru) and USA. UN delegates included participants from UNEP offices in Paris, Thailand and Korea; UNWTO and UNIDO.
The Partnership has been operating for two years: it currently includes 84 partners (a quarter of which are government agencies) located in 46 countries on 5 continents, including 29 in emerging and developing countries. Arab Hoballah, Chief of the Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch in the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics of UNEP underlined the need to enhance the Partnership, focusing on projects and working with donors to open up new areas for funding sustainable tourism projects that are both innovative and transformative.
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