UNESCO strengthens cooperation with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
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A new memorandum of Understanding was signed by
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and UNWTO
Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, in the margins of the
UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination in
UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. (c) UNESCO
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UNWTO is the specialized agency of the United
Nations in charge of promoting a responsible,
sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
The Agreement provides a framework for cooperation
in a range of areas, including:
- Implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage
and Sustainable Tourism Programme;
- transnational tourism initiatives to
promote and safeguard the shared heritage of the
Silk Roads Heritage Corridors;
- Identifying, developing and networking of
sustainable tourism initiatives and activities in
- Promoting sustainable tourism through
United Nations partnerships and initiatives, such
as the United Nations Steering Committee on
Tourism for Development (SCTD) and the Global
Partnership for Sustainable Tourism (GPST).
Ms Bokova thanked her UNWTO counterpart for his
commitment to reinforcing cooperation between the
two agencies so as to achieve a greater impact for
the benefit of Member States and to strengthening
system wide coherence. "I look forward to
furthering this partnership on the basis of shared
values and common objectives" said the Director-
The memorandum of Understanding is the third
agreement between UNESCO and UNWTO, the first going
back to 1979.
This renewed cooperation underlines the strength of
a partnership that has existed for over three
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