The global tourism community has gathered this week at Victoria Falls for the 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Zambia and Zimbabwe from August 24-29, 2013.
Key issues such as visa facilitation, connectivity, and accessibility will be in the agenda of the over 120 delegations from UNWTO Member States who have gathered this week at Victoria Falls. The 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly will also debate the Organization’s Program of Work for 2014-2015 and elect the UNWTO Secretary General for the next four years’ period.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greeted the participants in a video message. “Tourism is an undisputed generator of national wealth, corporate income, and local employment. Managed sustainably, it can benefit people and [the] planet alike,” he said addressing the assembly. “As we work to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and define a post-2015 development agenda, I call on all UNWTO members and the global tourism community to examine how best to contribute to sustainable development.”
“This assembly is a timely opportunity for all of us to continue along an encouraging path to drive tourism towards its fullest potential in fostering sustainable economic growth, jobs, and development and what better backdrop to do so than here in Africa, a region where we believe tourism can be a true force for good,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.
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|Dates||24th – 29th August 2013|
|Key issues in the agenda||Visa facilitation
Organizations Program of Work for 2014-2015
Election of new UNWTO Secretary General
|Number of delegations from UNWTO Member states attending||Over 120|
The General Assembly is the main statutory meeting of UNWTO and the most important gathering of senior tourism officials and high-level representatives from around the world. Held every two years, the assembly is attended by delegations representing Full and Associate UNWTO members, Affiliate members, and representatives of other international organizations.
Date: 28 August 2013