On UNWTO’s invitation, Ministers and Heads of Delegations shared their country’s experience in harnessing tourism´s power to diminish prejudice and build more harmonious, peaceful and prosperous societies.
“The theme of this event, peace and social inclusion, is of great importance. UNWTO has long called for a change in the perspective of how we look at tourism. Tourism is about more than enjoying life on a beach, and it is also more than a powerful economic sector. Tourism is a positive force that can transform societies from one stage to another, and Colombia is the proof ”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
Cecilia Alvarez-Correa, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia, showed participants a video of how ecotourism initiatives has changed the lives of communities living in Colombia´s Urabá-Darién region, which for more than twenty years was a site of conflict.
Belen Sanz, UN Women Representative in Colombia; Arnaud Peral, Country Director, UNDP, Colombia; Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism, South Africa; Zeljka Radak Kukavicic, Director of National Tourism Organization, Montenegro; and Koen Verlaeckt, Secretary General, Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs, also spoke at the event.
Watch the event on YouTube: Tourism: a tool for peace and social inclusion
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