Uzbekistan Leads Efforts to Designate 2027 as the International Year of Sustainable and Resilient Tourism

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On February 26, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution declaring 2027 as the International Year of Sustainable and Resilient Tourism, with the initiative coming from Uzbekistan. Over 80 member countries of the UN co-authored the resolution, which was initiated by Uzbekistan. Experts from various countries, including Russia, China, the United States, Turkey, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Egypt, actively participated in consultations to agree on the resolution’s content. Representatives from UN member states acknowledged the timeliness and relevance of the resolution.

The main objective of the resolution is based on the thesis put forth by the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, during the 2023 UNWTO General Assembly in Samarkand. The thesis emphasizes the importance of sustainability and adaptability in the tourism sector to address new challenges and issues of our time. The resolution also recognizes the vital role of tourism in preserving cultural heritage, promoting peace and tolerance, and respecting diverse values.

The resolution highlights the need for developing sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, to protect the environment, preserve biodiversity, and reduce air pollution. It also calls for UNWTO, governments, UN agencies, and regional organizations to take comprehensive measures to ensure the successful implementation of the International Year.

Furthermore, the resolution emphasizes the potential of sustainable and resilient tourism in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promoting economic growth, creating employment opportunities, and improving the livelihoods of rural communities.

The resolution encourages all stakeholders to actively promote sustainable and resilient tourism as a means to eradicate poverty, promote the participation of marginalized groups, and create decent jobs and sources of income.

UNWTO will report to the UN General Assembly at its 83rd session in 2028 on the progress of the resolution’s implementation, with a particular focus on evaluating the International Year’s impact.

Experts believe that the resolution introduced by Uzbekistan will mark a new chapter in the global development of the tourism industry.

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