Side-event at the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference

Launch of the Glasgow Declaration: A commitment to a decade of climate action in tourism

Launch of the Glasgow Declaration: A commitment to a decade of climate action in tourism

Glasgow | 4 November 2021 | Time: 10:00 – 11:45 UK time | Location: Blue Zone - Climate Action room 1, Davos

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The Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism will be officially launched with the objective to raise the climate ambition of tourism stakeholders and secure strong actions to support the global commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and reach Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050. Transforming tourism through climate action is crucial for the sector’s competitiveness, sustainability and resilience.

During the session, policy makers and leading industry representatives will discuss strategic approaches and will commit and subscribe to the Glasgow Declaration.

The Declaration is aiming to:

  • Define a clear and consistent sector-wide message and approach to climate action in the coming decade, aligned with the wider scientific framework and urgency to act now. 
  • Outline the pathways and specific actions that will accelerate tourism’s ability to transform tourism and achieve net zero emissions as soon as possible. 
  • Encourage signatories across the tourism industry to demonstrate their public support for scaling up the sector’s response to the climate emergency.

The signatories of the Glasgow Declaration agree on five shared pathways to ensure climate action is aligned across all of tourism sector: Measure, Decarbonise, Regenerate, Collaborate, Finance.

You can find the full text of the Glasgow Declaration here and answers to some of your questions here.

To become a signatory, visit here.

All participants with access to Blue Zone can attend the panel discussion. Access to the Blue Zone requires official accreditation. The panel will be livestreamed, and details will be provided shortly.

 

Programme

4 November 2021 Time: 10:00 – 11:45 UK time
Location: Blue Zone - Climate Action room 1 - Davos

Welcome Remarks

  • Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
  • Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive-Secretary, UN Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Panellists

  • David W. Panuelo, President, Federated States of Micronesia (online)
  • Iván Eskildsen, Minister of Tourism, Panama
  • Jan Christian Vestre, Minister of Trade and Industry, Norway (online)
  • Patrick Child, Deputy Director General, Environment, European Commission
  • Julia Simpson, CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (online)
  • Catherine Dolton, Trustee and Treasurer, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
  • Darrell Wade, Co-founder and Chairman, Intrepid Group
  • Jeremy Smith, Co-founder, Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency

Moderators

  • Dr. Dirk Glaesser, Director, Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO
  • Niclas Svenningsen, Manager, Global Climate Action, UNFCCC

Presentation of global survey results and coordination of signing ceremony

  • Virginia Fernandez-Trapa, Programme Officer, Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO

Signing Ceremony

With the presence of UNWTO Secretary-General and Executive Director

Panama:

  • Iván Eskildsen, Minister of Tourism
  • Milciades Concepción, Minister of Environment
  • Erika Mouynes, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Federated States of Micronesia:

  • Jeem Lippwe, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Federated States of Micronesia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations

World Travel and Tourism Council:

  • Darrell Wade, Vice Chairman, Sustainability
  • Virginia Messina, Senior Vice President, Advocacy & Communications

Sustainable Hospitality Alliance:

  • Catherine Dolton, Trustee and Treasurer
  • Yasmine Diamond, Trustee, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort:

  • Ewald Biemans, CEO and Owner, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Intrepid Group:

  • Darrell Wade, Co-founder and Chairman, Intrepid Group

Visit Scotland:

  • Vicki Miller, Director of Marketing & Digital, VisitScotland

Much Better Adventures:

  • Alex Narracott, CEO and Founder, Much Better Adventures

Related links

Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism