Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism Surpasses 500 Signatories
The number of signatories to the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism surpassed the 500 mark, just four months after the landmark initiative was launched in United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26, November 2021). Today, and coinciding with International Mother Earth Daythe World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced that Expedia Group, Booking Holdings and Condé Nast have become the latest signatories, joining stakeholders of all sizes and from all segments of the diverse industry.
The signatures of three of the biggest names in the industry underscore tourism’s determination to accelerate climate action at all levels and reflect the shared commitment of big business and small stakeholders to work towards a common goal. All signatories to the Glasgow Declaration commit to decarbonising tourism operations and restoring and protecting ecosystems, helping visitors and host communities experience a better balance with nature. “Rebalancing our relationship with nature is essential to regenerating both its ecological health and our personal, social and economic well-being”indicates the Declaration.
The 538 signatories of the Glasgow Declaration include all types of stakeholders, including DRV German Travel Association, Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, PATA and Hostelling International; tour operators like EXO Travel and Europa Mundo Vacaciones; accommodation providers such as The Cayuga Collection; DMOs such as Turismo de Portugal, Turisme de Barcelona, West Sweden Tourist Board, London & Partners, Destination Quebec Cité and many more. All adhere to the guiding principle of restoring nature as “the key to our sector’s post-pandemic recovery, as well as its future prosperity and resilience”.
UNWTO: “It is time to act”
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili says: “Now is the time to act. Tourism must thrive in harmony with nature, and the number and variety of businesses, destinations and other organizations signing on to the ambitious Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action shows that our industry is committed to doing better. I am delighted to welcome Expedia Group, Booking Holdings and Condé Nast as new signatories.
Stakeholder collaboration is essential to ensure that the necessary skills, tools and knowledge are available among service providers, host communities and tourists so that they can effect change. One of the priorities of the Glasgow Declaration for 2022 is to provide guidance on measuring emissions and planning climate action with the support of working groups.
“The need to address the adverse effects of climate change has become more urgent than ever, which is why our climate action plan includes ambitious targets, based on the latest scientific guidance, to achieve near-zero emissions. for our own operations by 2030, and net zero by 2040,” said Glenn Fogel, managing director of Booking Holdings. “Committing to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and Net Zero Standard, and now signing the Glasgow Declaration, is essential to ensure that climate action supports science and the Paris Agreement to change the trajectory of the current crisis.
“We are proud to become a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration for Climate Action in Tourism as part of a concerted effort with our partners and peers to advance a more sustainable travel industry,” said Peter Kern, CEO and Vice President of Expedia Group. “As a travel agency, we have the privilege of bringing together people from all over the world every day. And as more people travel, we also have a responsibility to transition to more sustainable operations to reduce our overall footprint and provide our travelers with sustainable options that align with their values. We are improving traveler visibility on their impact and offering more responsible choices. The industry must work together to help safeguard the future of travel for generations to come.
About the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism
The Glasgow Declaration was launched at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26. This is a voluntary commitment that asks organizations to support halving emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2050 at the latest; provide climate action plans (or update existing plans) within 12 months of signing and implement them; align their plans along five pathways, namely: measure, decarbonize, regenerate, collaborate and finance; report publicly on progress made in implementing these commitments; and work in a collaborative spirit.
The Glasgow Declaration is led by UNWTO in collaboration with the Travel Foundation and as part of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism programme. A full list of signatories is available here.
About the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Program
The One Planet Sustainable Tourism program aims to accelerate sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in tourism policies and practices to address the challenges of pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change. It promotes knowledge sharing and networking opportunities to define collective priorities and identify solutions. Under his leadership, initiatives such as the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative and the Global Roadmap on Reducing Food Waste in Tourism are implemented.
The One Planet Sustainable Tourism Program is led by UNWTO, with the governments of France and Spain as co-leads and in collaboration with UNEP.
About the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes tourism as a vector of equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. Together with its Member States, international organizations and the private sector, UNWTO promotes safe and seamless travel for all. UNWTO is also working to make tourism the foundation of international trust and cooperation and a central pillar of recovery. As part of the wider United Nations system, UNWTO is at the forefront of global efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including through its ability to create decent jobs, promote equality and preserve natural and cultural heritage.
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