With the Millennium Development Goals (that guided the world in addressing various developmental issues for more than a decade) coming to an end in 2015, the world has now adopted what we know as the SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs). These are a set of inter-governmental goals that aspire to create a more sustainable and equitable world by the year 2030. These include 17 Global Goals and associated 169 targets for the world, which are:
Based on this universal, integrated and transformative vision, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has committed to offer technical assistance and capacity-building to the achievement of these global goals, and have placed an emphasis on the Goals 8 (Good Jobs and Economic Growth), Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption) and Goal 14 (Life Below Water), where the tourism sector can make a direct impact.
Alpaviram, an ambassador for responsible travel and sustainable tourism services in India, is committed to promoting practices that will directly and indirectly contribute towards attaining these Global Goals. We believe that the travel and tourism industry – one of world’s largest industries with a global economic contribution of more than US$ 7.6 trillion – can play a big role in attaining these targets. Not only Goal 8, 12 and 14, but the other 13 Goals as well.
We will keep writing about how responsible travel and sustainable tourism services can play a role in achieving these Global Goals. We look forward to your thoughts, ideas and engagement on how to involve travellers, service providers and thought leaders and governments in making the effort to contribute. We also would love to know and publish your travel stories that contribute towards achieving the sustainable development goals. Stay tuned, stay engaged – and let’s change the world by 2030!
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