UN Sustainable Development goals, implications for tourism

The United Nations are about to update their sustainability Millennium Goals. In this guest post, Asia-Pacific sustainable tourism development expert Steve Noakes explains which of the new sustainable development goals are particularly important in the tourism context.

United Nations: 17 New Global Sustainable Development Goals

This month (September, 2015) 93 countries will meet at the United Nations HQ in New York to adopt 17 new global goals. For the next 15 years, these 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will guide our world to achieve sustainable development.

For the last 15 years (2000 to 2015), the global tourism sector has had mixed results in contributing to the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). But, I have more hope for tourism as a key tool to help achieve the SDGs over the 15 years to 2030.

In particular, I see the tourism and SDGs nexus as especially beneficial in two situations. The first is in post conflict/fragile developing nations and the second in relation to climate change in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

What Do UN Sustainable Development Goals Mean for Tourism?
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