World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
The UNWTO is committed to facilitating the role of the tourism sector towards Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). It is the custodian agency of Indicator 12.b.1, “Number of sustainable tourism strategies or policies and implemented action plans with agreed monitoring and evaluation tools”.
UNWTO co-leads the Sustainable Tourism Programme (STP) of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP). The programme aims to develop SCP practices that result in enhanced economic, social and environmental outcomes and promote sustainability in the tourism sector.
UNWTO recently released the report ‘Baseline Report on the Integration of Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns into Tourism Policies,’, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report outlines additional ways in which the UNWTO is currently contributing to SDG 12 targets by promoting more sustainable national tourism policies.
For instance, by encouraging tourism policies that address SCP impact areas, UNWTO directly contributes to achieving SDG 12.1 and mainstreaming SCP into national policies. UNWTO also plays a part in promoting tourism policies that contribute to SDG 12.3, given the relevance of gastronomy and food to tourism.
UNWTO helps promote tourism policies can encourage more sustainability reporting by tourism businesses to advance SDG 12.6 and increase information availability on the impacts of tourism.