UN General Assembly: Tourism can foster sustainable development in Central AmericaListen /
Sustainable tourism is an ally of poverty eradication in Central America and the three dimensions of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental – as reflected in a UN resolution adopted late December.
That's the assessment of the 193-member UN General Assembly as it adopted the resolution unanimously emphasizing that sustainable tourism in Central America is a cross-cutting activity with close linkages to other sectors and thus generating trade opportunities. As such the UN General Assembly has recognized tourism as a fundamental pillar of regional integration and an engine of social and economic development, income, investment and hard currency in the region.
The UN resolution on Sustainable tourism and sustainable development in Central America further encouraged giving appropriate consideration to the issue of sustainable tourism in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda, which would follow the deadline of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
This represents an important step towards mainstreaming sustainable tourism in the international development agenda and the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals
Against that backdrop, the UN General Assembly invited States and other stakeholders, as well as the World Tourism Organization, to continue to support the activities undertaken by the Central American countries for the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism and extend the benefits of tourism to all sectors of society, in particular the most vulnerable and marginalized groups of the population.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.