"Sürdürülebilir Gelişim ve Yoksulluğun Gerilemesi İçin Turizmin Desteklenmesi" Birleşmiş Milletler - En Az Gelişmiş Ülkeler IV. Konferansı, 10 Mayıs 2011, İstanbul

World Tourism


Press Release

Madrid, Spain, 07 April 2011 PR No. PR11033


UN comes together to promote tourism for development


Tourism has been identified by more than half of the world’s poorest countries as an effective means to take part

in the global economy and reduce poverty. To maximize tourism’s role in helping countries reach their

development goals, UNWTO has come together with seven UN agencies and programmes to boost tourism as

an instrument for development.


Tourism is increasingly a major, if not the main, source of growth, employment, income and revenue for many of

the world’s developing countries. The sector is currently the first or second source of export earnings in 20 of the

48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and is demonstrating steady growth in at least 10 others. As such, tourism

has become one of the main engines of socioeconomic progress for many countries and a development priority

for a majority of the LDCs.


In order to better position tourism in the development agenda and maximize this potential, UNWTO has come

together with seven UN agencies and programmes – the International Labour Organization (ILO), International

Trade Centre (ITC), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN Development Programme

(UNDP), UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

(UNESCO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) – to create the UN Steering Committee on Tourism for

Development (SCTD).


By harnessing the strengths and expertise of each agency and creating synergies between UN organizations, the

Committee will deliver more coordinated, effective and efficient technical assistance and support to developing



One of the first activities of the Committee will be the holding of a Special Tourism Event at the Fourth UN

Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) to be celebrated in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 May 2011.


The event, ‘Promoting Tourism for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction’, will set the scene for a new

international framework for development through tourism, providing the opportunity for LDCs, UN agencies and

key players of donor countries and other institutions to find ways to foster tourism for development and create

mechanisms for LDCs as they seek to combat poverty, diversify their economies and pursue inclusive growth



The role of tourism in increasing LDCs’ participation in the global economy, and as a means of poverty reduction,

will be the focus of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF), the International Trade Centre’s flagship

event, held this year at LDC-IV in partnership with UNWTO (Istanbul, Turkey, 10-11 May 2011). The WEDF will

focus on the role of the private sector for tourism-led growth and inclusive sustainable development through the

creation of key pilot projects.



Relevant links:


Joint Tourism Special Event: Promoting Tourism for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction:



World Export Development Forum: Private Sector Engagement with LDCs for Tourism-led Growth and Inclusive

Sustainable Development: http://www.intracen.org/wedf/



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