Green Globe at UN Expert Group Meeting on Enhancing Sustainable Tourism

Green Globe at UN Expert Group Meeting on Enhancing Sustainable Tourism
October 31, 2013 Arton Kabashi

Green Globe Certification is honored to be the only certification body invited to speak at the United Nations Ad-hoc Expert Group Meeting on Enhancing Sustainable Tourism (EGM), which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, from October 29 – 30, 2013.

Participation in the Ad-hoc EGM is by invitation only. Participants included national experts involved in promotion of sustainable tourism, private sector representatives from the tourism industry, representatives of relevant business associations and international partnerships, UN-system entities engaged in promoting sustainable tourism, representatives of international organizations promoting and facilitating investment in eco-tourism, such as the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, the World Bank Group, the German International Cooperation Agency, the International Ecotourism Society, and others.

Green Globe Certification is the premier provider and certification body for sustainability in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry, providing services in over 83 countries worldwide. In his presentation at EGM, Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, highlighted the success of Green Globe members in all geographical areas. Members save energy and water resources, reduce operational costs, and positively contribute to local communities and the environment. Green Globe Certification is at the forefront of delivering sustainable solutions to the international travel and tourism market, tailored to each geographical area and local factors.

“It was a privilege to introduce Green Globe members and their success in sustainability to this high profile group of government representatives, academics, as well as UN officials,” said Guido Bauer, CEO at Green Globe Certification.

The United Nations Conference on Sustainability Development (Rio + 20), held in June 2012, outlined that “Sustainable Tourism, well managed and designed, can make significant contributions to sustainable development. It has the potential to contribute to a green and inclusive economy, if creating decent jobs, generating trade opportunities and income. In order to enable such positive synergies, capacity must be built to promote environmental awareness, understanding of impact and conditions for the conservation of biodiversity, flora and fauna, wildlife and ecosystems. Likewise, an understanding of the linkages between impact of tourism, local communities, and cultural diversity, is necessary to promote holistic positive outcomes of tourism activities.”

The objectives of the EGM are to propose recommendations of good practice, ways and means to promote eco-tourism as a tool for fighting poverty, and promoting sustainable development. Critical issues and priority areas have been identified to address unsustainable trends in tourism development. It is expected that the recommendations emanating from this meeting will be of value to participating countries, aiming to develop eco-tourism potentials.

About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information visit www.greenglobe.com

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