26 December 2017. The 10YF Sustainable Tourism Programme admitted the PUP Global Heritage Consortium as an official partner of the program. This admission follows PUP’s recent co-sponsoring of a webinar along with the IUCN’s Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group and Ecoturismo Genuino about overtourism.
The 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) is a global framework of action designed to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards SCP in both developed and developing countries.
Resolution 66/288 of the United Nations General Assembly reaffirmed that the promotion of sustainable patterns of consumption and production is among the general objectives and essential requirements for sustainable development and is essential to achieve fundamental changes in the way societies consume and produce, to achieve global sustainable development. In particular, A/CONF.216/5 provided the objectives of the 10YFP, its structure and the initial 10YFP programmes. One of these programmes is on Sustainable Tourism and was developed based on regional consultations, stock taking exercise and a global survey on existing data and initiatives on sustainable tourism, engaging nearly 400 actors, as well as relevant UN agencies, resolutions and programmes. This extensive consultation process led to the development of a Concept Note, which has been approved by the 10YFP Board.
The 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme (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 SDG12, with potential to advance other SDGs as well (among them SDG8 focusing on decent work and economic growth, SDG13 addressing climate change or SDGs14 and SDG15 on marine and terrestrial resources), 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.
The 10YFP STP focuses on four areas of work: 1) Integrating SCP in tourism related policies and frameworks; 2) Promoting collaboration among stakeholders for the improvement of the tourism sector’s SCP performance – including the application of monitoring frameworks; 3) Fostering the application of guidelines, tools and technical solutions to mainstream SCP for destinations, enterprises and tourists; and 4) Enhancing sustainable tourism investment and financing.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been appointed to lead the 10YFP STP, with the Governments of France (Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition), Morocco (Department of Tourism of the Ministry of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy), and the Republic of Korea (Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports) serving as Co-Leads.
A Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC), consisting of governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, private sector businesses, intergovernmental organizations as well as academia and UN agencies, is supporting the Lead and Co-Leads in their efforts to mainstream SCP in the tourism sector. For more information about the MAC members, please click here.
A number of Partners have also joined the 10YFP STP and are participating in its implementation. For more information about Partner entities, please click here. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of each 10YFP STP Actor and the operational mechanisms of the programme, please click here.