Top News UNWTO, tourism organisations stand with Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action By TTG India / Posted on 5 November, 2021 3:03 More than 300 tourism stakeholders have signed up to the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action, which recognises the urgent need for a globally consistent plan for climate action in tourism. Signatories, which include Accor, Asian Ecotourism Network, Intrepid Travel, and Skyscanner, commit to measure, decarbonise, regenerate and unlock finance. Additionally, each signatory commits to deliver a concrete climate action plan, or updated plan, within 12 months of signing. Tourism stakeholders supporting the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action will deliver a concrete climate action plan, or updated plan, within 12 months of signing Speaking at the ongoing 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), UNWTO secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili stressed that “while many private businesses have led the way in advancing climate action, a more ambitious sector-wide approach is needed to ensure tourism accelerates climate action in a meaningful way”. He added that “the Glasgow Declaration is a tool to help bridge the gap between good intentions and meaningful climate action”. The Glasgow Declaration was developed through the collaboration of UNWTO, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Visit Scotland, the Travel Foundation, and Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency, within the framework of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme committed to accelerate sustainable consumption and production patterns. “WTTC is delighted to be a supporter and launch partner to the Glasgow Declaration and thereby add our voice, the voice of the global private sector, to this important collective call for heightened ambition in the travel and tourism sector. The Glasgow Declaration is a real opportunity for travel and tourism to unite and show true leadership as we strive towards Net Zero”, said Julia Simpson, president and CEO, WTTC. “Through the Glasgow Declaration, the One Planet Network‘s Sustainable Tourism Programme offers a common platform to catalyse climate action in tourism. This Initiative is fundamental to create the right momentum to accelerate climate action in tourism through sustainable consumption and production”, said Jorge Laguna-Celis, head of the One Planet Network Secretariat, economy division, UNEP. The launch event at COP26 featured a panel discussion underscoring the importance of increased climate action and ambition in the tourism sector, with contributions from David W Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia; Iván Eskildsen, tourism minister for Panama; Jan Christian Vestre, minister of trade and industry for Norway; Patrick Child, deputy director general for the Environment at the European Commission; Darrell Wade, co-founder and chairman, Intrepid Group; Jeremy Smith, co-founder of Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency; and WTTC’s Simpson.