The United Nations designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year has promoted the change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector that can contribute to all the 17 SDGs.
2017 has provided a unique opportunity to explore and highlight tourism’s potential to help transform our world into a place of prosperity and wellbeing for all. As one of the largest and fastest-growing socio-economic sectors of our times, tourism can stimulate economic growth, create decent jobs and business opportunities, helping millions of people escape poverty and improve their livelihoods.
The IY2017 Closing Ceremony will bring the International community to commit for realizing the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through tourism, at the national and global level.
The IY2017 Closing is not only the end of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, but most importantly the initiatives and actions initiated in 2017 will provide a roadmap for the global community at large to embrace sustainable practices and maximize the engagement in the global development agenda.
The Event will take stock of achievements and progress in advocacy for tourism, and most importantly provide the global community a path towards the future with the introduction to a Tourism and SDGs Platform. The Platform will provide from 2018 to 2030, a space for sharing and co-creation so as the sector can embrace the 2030 Agenda and contribute to prosper and sustainable future for people and the planet.