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Spain and UNWTO Organise 1st International Conference on Ethics and Tourism

27/07/2011 

Ethics and Tourism conference logoThe General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) adopted the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism at its 13th session held in Santiago, Chile, in 1999.

This document was subsequently endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001, recognizing the important dimension and role of tourism as a positive instrument towards the alleviation of poverty and the improvement of the quality of life for all people, its potential to make a contribution to economic and social development, especially of developing countries, and its emergence as a vital force for the promotion of international understanding, peace and prosperity.

The Code covers various areas of application including consumer protection, corporate responsibility, the protection of children and of the most vulnerable segments of the population, cultural and environmental sustainability, dialogue between cultures, as well as its vision of tourism as a factor for development and for the promotion of fundamental human rights, in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

For this reason, the Spanish General Secretariat of Tourism and Domestic Trade and the World Tourism Organization decided to jointly organize the First International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, inviting leading figures to participate as speakers.

Also participating and providing support to this event are the Vice-Presidency of the European Commission and the Permanent Secretariat of the World Committee on Ethics in Tourism, along with other sponsors such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Meliá Hotels International, Segittur, Iberia, Fundación Banesto and the Patronato de Turismo de Madrid.

The Conference will feature international speakers of the highest level. Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias have already confirmed their attendance at the closing ceremony.

Tourism is one of the activities that have best withstood the onslaught of the crisis and one of the principal sectors for the creation of wealth and employment in the world, especially in developing countries. Now that the world’s economies appear to be overcoming the serious problems that have beset them, new opportunities are emerging for the development of tourism that is more responsible and more ethical, a task that undoubtedly merits recognition on the part of all sectors of society. It is therefore our pleasure and honour to encourage you to attend this First International Congress on Ethics and Tourism.


Provisional Programme

THURSDAY 15
08.30 REGISTRATION
09.30 OPENING CEREMONY

Miguel Sebastián, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Commerce of Spain

Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission

Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero*, Prime Minister of Spain

10:30 INAUGURATION

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva*, Ex President of Brazil, President of Ciudadanía Institute

11.00 COFFEE BREAK
11.30 1st SESSION: AN ETHICAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM

Moderated by: Dawid de Villiers, Chairman of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE)

Jorge Sampaio, High Representative of the United Nations for the Alliance of Civilizations

Michela Vittoria Brambilla, Minister of Tourism of Italy

Freddy Ehlers, Minister of Tourism of Ecuador

Sebastián Escarrer, Vice President, Sol Meliá Group

DEBATE

12.45 2nd SESSION: THE GLOBAL CODE OF ETHICS AS A GUARANTOR OF EQUALITY AND A BULWARK AGAINST EXPLOITATION

Moderated by: Consuelo Crespo, President, UNICEF Spain

Gloria Guevara* Secretary of Tourism of Mexico

Aminata Traoré, Former Minister of Tourism and Culture of Mali

Kathleen Speake, Executive Director, ECPAT International

DEBATE

14.00 BUFFET-LUNCH

15.30 3rd SESSION: FAIR TOURISM AND THE FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY

Moderated by: Márcio Favilla Lucca de Paula, Executive Director for Competitivess, External Relations and Partnerships, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Pavlos Geroulanos* Minister of Culture and Tourism of Greece

Speaker* Secretariat of State for International Cooperation, AECID

Henk Mulder, Executive Director, Millennium Foundation

Speaker* Grameen Bank, Bangladesh

DEBATE

16.45 COFFEE BREAK

17.15 4th SESSION: SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Moderated by: Pedro Ortún, Director, Directorate General Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

Javier Bustamante, President , Sociedad Estatal para la Gestión de la Innovación y las Tecnologías Turísticas, S.A. (SEGITTUR)

Erika Harms, Executive Director, Global Sustainable Tourism Council

Gabriel Viloria, Programme Director, Sustainable and Solidarity Tourism for Africa and Latin America, Banesto Foundation

DEBATE

20.00 COCKTAIL

* Pending confirmation


Registration and Further Information

For registration please visit the Conference Website

Global Code of Ethics and Tourism logoUNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism:
http://ethics.unwto.org/en/content/global-code-ethics-tourism

 

 

 

 


 

ENAT Member logo UNWTO is an Honorary Associate Member of ENAT

General Information

Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose
Location: Madrid, Spain
Start Date: 15/09/2011
End Date: 16/09/2011

Reference

Source: http://www.ethicsandtourism.com/

Keyword(s)

Management of tourist venues and attractions | Policy, legislation | Standards

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