Responsible hotels should partner the UN’s sustainable tourism programme

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Ensuring sustainable tourism consumption

Sustainable hotels could drive responsible business action further and faster by becoming a partner of the United Nations’ 10FYP (10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production).

The 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme (10YFP STP) is a collaborative platform to bring together existing initiatives and partnerships and facilitate new projects and activities to accelerate the shift to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in tourism.

As an implementation mechanism for several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the vision of the 10YFP STP is for a tourism sector that has globally adopted SCP resulting in enhanced environmental and social outcomes and improved economic performance – something green hoteliers around the world are already practicing.

The 10YFP STP focuses on four areas of work:

  • Integrating SCP in tourism related policies and frameworks;
  • Promoting collaboration among stakeholders for the improvement of the tourism sector's SCP performance - including the application of monitoring frameworks;
  • Fostering the application of guidelines, tools and technical solutions to mainstream SCP for destinations, enterprises and tourists; and
  • Enhancing sustainable tourism investment and financing. 

Hotels which are already doing this could join the 10YFP as partners and work together to achieve more in these key areas.

For example they can:

Partners can participate in and support the 10YFP STP, by:

  1. Offering their time and technical expertise in a specific Programme Work Area;
  2. Sharing knowledge in a specific Programme Work Area within the 10YFP STP community'
  3. Participating in working groups which may be created on specific fields of expertise;
  4. Proposing new actions and bringing ongoing actions (which are in line with the 10YFP STP Concept Note and PoW);
  5. Showcasing implemented projects that can be replicated elsewhere;
  6. Adapting, replicating and/or scaling-up successful projects at national or regional level;
  7. Applying and supporting the dissemination of 10YFP STP materials and tools;
  8. Fulfil requirements to receiving support from the 10YFP Trust Fund for the implementation of catalytic projects, provided that the specific eligibility criteria of the Trust Fund are met and that the project proposal is selected;
  9. Participating in the formulation, fundraising and implementation of flagship projects;
  10. Providing funding for the 10YFP STP or projects; and
  11. Providing and/or receiving capacity building in the area of Sustainable Tourism.

Partners have the following opportunities:

  1. Learn from other partners in the programme, share experience, lessons learned, best practices and tools in your area of work, and participate in working groups in specific areas of expertise;
  2. Participate in the implementation of the 10YFP STP, scale up and replicate activities with other partners, based on own best practices, projects at the national or regional level, or develop new projects that contribute to achieving the programme’s objectives;
  3. Build fundraising and implementation coalitions through flagship projects, apply for funding from the 10YFP Trust Fund for greater collective impact with a network of expertise and resources;
  4. Be invited by Lead, Co-Lead and MAC to coordinate work areas or sub-work areas, as well as working groups;
  5. Participating in public meetings, advocating for 10YFP STP and gaining international visibility.

With more than one billion international tourist arrivals annually, tourism has become one of the biggest and fastest expanding economic sectors in the world.

But such extraordinary growth comes with a caveat; with the world’s natural and cultural heritage being tourism’s greatest assets, sustainability has become an indispensable part of the tourism conversation. No longer can we tread a business-as-usual path in tourism development, given the increased stress on our natural resources, the congestion and deterioration of heritage sites, and the disruption of social and cultural values of local communities. Sustainability must go hand in hand with tourism growth to ensure the sector’s long-term viability, wealth creation, and empowering benefits for communities across the world.

This open-community of multidisciplinary experts and practitioners offers enormous potential for the exchange of knowledge and best practices and the development and implementation of initiatives in many sustainability areas, including resource efficient and low-carbon tourism, reducing the loss of biodiversity, preserving cultural heritage, alleviating poverty, improving sustainable livelihoods and adapting climate change.

The programme aims also to give more light to its partners during international events and involve them in the implementation of international agendas, such as Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals) or the Paris Agreement. The role of tourism in implementing the Paris Agreement was on the table on the occasion of the 22nd Session of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP22). The International Symposium of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme of the United Nations, held during COP 22, discussed how to advance Sustainable Tourism in a Changing Climate.

2017 was declared by United Nations as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Within this frame, under leadership of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and governments of France, Morocco and Korea, the programme coordinates events and activities of its partners to give them better visibility and create conditions to build synergies and new collaborations in order to scale up existing initiatives.

Hoteliers who are keen to share their own examples of best practice or to learn from others and work collaboratively to push sustainable improvements further for the benefit of all can find more information about 10YFP STP and its governance here: http://sdt.unwto.org/about-10yfp-stp and about the network of 10YFP STP Partners here: http://sdt.unwto.org/partners-10yfp-stp  

 

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