The United Nations (UN) has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, recognizes the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world. The International Year (IYST 2017) aims to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.
The Global Geoparks Network Executive Board decided to become partner of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017 (IY2017), following the decision on the GGN Strategic Plan 2017-2020 agreed at of the 1st Ordinary General Assembly of GGN in the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark in September 2016.
The main goal of their partnership is to promote UNESCO Global Geoparks as sustainable tourism destinations to the International Tourism market, to promote Geoparks and build new links with the tourism market, raise the profile and visibility of the UNESCO Global Geoparks among the main players in tourism industry, to promote Geoparks collectively through this UNITED NATIONS’ initiative operated by the World Tourism Organization.