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Geneva Liaison Office
The UNWTO Liaison Office in Geneva (GVLO) represents the World Tourism Organisation in Switzerland to the UN System, other International Organizations (IOs) and Diplomatic Missions, with the objective to providing policy advice to the Secretariat, contributing to UNWTO's ability to meet its mandate and priorities.
The UNWTO Geneva Liaison Office's mission is to strengthen UNWTO's role and capacity for efficient support to its member states in the context of the 2030 Agenda for achieving the SDGs as well as through tourism's relationship with trade.
WHAT WE DO
The scope of work of the UNWTO Liaison Office relates to:
1. Advocacy, positioning tourism in the development and trade agenda
2. Building strategic Partnerships for increased capacity
3. Research and Innovation for the 2030 Agenda
4. Exploring opportunities for Resource Mobilization
5. Representing UNWTO in Geneva to the UN System and Diplomatic Missions.
WHERE TO FIND US
UNWTO Liaison Office
54-56 Rue de Montbrillant
1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Representative of the World Tourism Organization to the United Nations at Geneva
Phone Tel: +41227300396
GVLO Liaison Office Official Opening
On January 2017, UNWTO officially opened its liaison office in Geneva, the new office is based in the headquarters of the International Trade Centre http://www.intracen.org/news/UNWTO-opens-Geneva-liaison-office/
Mr Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General presented the office in the UNOG Executive Briefing for Ambassadors and Heads of UN entities in Geneva. Mr Rifai, stressed the importance of the Liaison Office in strengthening UNWTO’s role and capacity for efficient support to its member states in the context of the 2030 Agenda for achieving the SDGs, as well as through tourism’s relationship with trade. Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General stressed on the importance of the Liaison Office to strengthen UNWTO’s role and capacity for efficient support to its member states in the context of the 2030 Agenda for achieving the SDGs, as well as through tourism’s relationship with trade.
During the opening, the UNWTO Secretary-General introduced the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017
The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development (A/RES/70/193)
Road Map to International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017
In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the SDGs.
The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 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
5. Mutual understanding, peace and security
The Closing Ceremony of the Internatonal Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 will be held in Geneva in December 2017.
UNWTO IN INTERNATIONAL GENEVA
- World Trade Organisation (WTO)
- Committee on Trade and Development (CTD), a session on the Small Economies Work Programme with a focus on tourism on July 2016
- World Export Development Forum in Colombo, Sri Lanka: The UNWTO Liason Office represented UNWTO at the plenary session on Authencity: The New Tourism Destination , 13 October 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka
- “Promoting Connectivity – Exploring the Services Dimension”, a WTO initiative held as part of the 2016-17 work program for the Aid for Trade Review, 17 October, 2016, WTO
- United Nations Conference on Trade And Development (UNCTAD)
- First Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE) on Consumer Protection Law and Policy, October 2016
- International Labour Organisation (ILO)
- The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth. The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth is the first-ever, comprehensive United Nations system-wide effort for the promotion of youth employment worldwide. December 2016
International Trade Centre (ITC) and UNWTO
ITC and UNWTO entered a formal strategic partnership in September 2015 to aggregate the two organizations’ resources and competencies and to share perspectives in the process of rethinking a joint approach to Aid for Trade (AfT) in tourism. The partnership also aims at having a more integrated and innovative approach of tourism development for inclusive growth, leading to the achievement of all dimensions of sustainable development for developed countries. ITC and UNWTO also work closely with the WTO and other leading agencies through the UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD), a cluster approach to ‘Delivering as One for Tourism’. The partnership brings together ten UN agencies committed to mainstreaming tourism in the global trade and development agenda.
Aims of cooperation:
- Strengthen the capacities of tourism and trade stakeholders in developing countries for increasing their competitiveness and tourism exports.
- Unlock Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Aid for Trade (AfT) flows for tourism in the new aid architecture within the development cooperation agenda and forthcoming SDGs.
- UNWTO and ITC are cooperating within the context of their respective mandates, policies, resources and instruments, in the implementation of activities and projects in any of the following areas:
- Advocacy and mainstreaming
- Member states support in project development and implemetation and resource mobilization
- Joint resource mobilization for AfT and ODA
- Joint Research and Development