UNITED NATIONS ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT: AMBASSADOR PETER THOMSON WRITES TO EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE AND EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY FOR SDG CAMPAIGN
On April 19, 2017 H.E. President of United Nations General Assembly- Ambassador Peter Thomson had addressed a letter to the head of states and global leaders urging a better knowledge and acceptance of Sustainable Development Goals in the world and asking a universal effort for the implementation of SDG in learning process across the world.
The letter addressed to H.E. President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and to European Tourism Academy reads in part:
Everything I have learned as President of the United Nations General Assembly has convinced me that, taken together with the Paris Climate Agreement, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda provides humanity with the best chance we have to shape a sustainable way of life for our species upon this planet.
In pursuit of this high purpose, I am writing to you and every Head of Government of the Member States of the United Nations, with the request that national efforts are made to educate young people on the vital importance of the Sustainable Development Goals.
If every school curriculum in the world incorporates the Sustainable Development Goals, every school teaches them, and every young person on the planet is made aware of them as rights and responsibilities, the world will stand a very good chance of attaining the Goals by 2030.
I am pleased to advise, Excellency, that in support of the policies that your government may decide on the matter, tools are already available to help support SDG learning, such as those developed by UNICEF, UNESCO, the Global Partnership for Education and the “World’s Largest Lesson”.
European Council on Tourism and Trade has being from the start of Sustainable Development Goals inception and promotions, alongside the global efforts made to implement SDG in the life of every man, woman and child on this planet.
European Council on Tourism and Trade had created and pioneered the PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS SDG uniting world parliaments in the efforts to implement in their work and legislation measures dedicated to bring to life SDG in every nation.
The special programs of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION were also tailored and reconstructed in order to become a development booster, to buttress growth and economic opportunities for all the people of the world.
EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY is the only world academy that is offering SDG based courses and curriculum based on role of culture and development in carving a new and better future for as all.
On May 11, 2017 on the occasion of the elections of Mr. MOON JAE-IN as President of Republic of Korea, H.E. President of European Council on Tourism and Trade Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has addressed the official congratulation message for the Korean President elect.
The message is an illustration of Europe desire to continue developing the relations with the Republic of Korea and support Korean tourism and trade growth and assertion in the world.
The presidential message reads in part:
On the occasion of your election as President of Republic of KOREA I have the honor of expressing my warmest congratulation and to wish you success and accomplishments on the hard task of rebuilding The Republic of KOREA, of insuring his unity and continuous development.
On this moment of hope and trust in future for KOREA, I have the pleasure of expressing our full confidence in Your Excellency exertions will insure that KOREA will continue to be a beacon of hope, democracy and economic prosperity in Pacific area providing a friend and an ally for Europe in this important world region.
Europe will continue to support your country development and will continue to see the Republic of KOREA as a center for equilibrium and peace in the region.
The high level message hives an unmistakable signal of continuity in the bilateral relations between Europe and Korea and on the desire to foster these relations unto the future.
European Tourism Academy has hosted the official EUROPE DAY 2017 celebration, a mammoth gathering attended by over 1000 people from including prominent guests such as government representatives, diplomatic corps in Bucharest, business leaders, academia, and the media.
The ceremony was officially opened with the traditional cake-cutting by President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea together with Academician Mircea Constantinescu, and High Commissioner for Tourism, Mr. Mark Doda as well as all ECTT accredited ambassadors in Bucharest.
Honourable Members of Parliament,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Colleagues, fellow Europeans and friends of Europe,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Namaste, Salam Alaykum, Good evening, Bonsoir, and a very warm welcome to you all to the 2017 Europe Day celebrations.
First, I would like to express my gratitude to Academicians Mircea Constantinescu and Ionut Costea, Directors of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY, for kindly agreeing to make available this splendid hall for today’s gathering.
We thought that this year it would be great to bring Europe closer to academicians and professionals and leaders of all walks of life, and to hold our celebrations in this excellent establishment.
Thank you very much to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen.Today, 9 May, is Europe Day.
On this day in 1950 Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister, called on the nations of Europe to unite and make war on our continent unthinkable.
His message of peace and unity is as relevant as ever.
The dreams of our founding fathers have become a reality, and Europeans live together in peace and prosperity, bound together by principles of democracy and human tights.
Yet, as anyone who follows international news knows, the European Union faces considerable challenges, and I do not want to gloss over these.
But despite all our difficulties the Europe represents the most successful process of regional integration, and remains the richest continent in the world.
In no other place is there so much freedom – freedom to speak our mind, freedom to move, freedom to pray and not to pray, freedom to love, freedom to vote and freedom to choose our own destiny.Everywhere in the world Europe is a major trading partner, a major investor and we are proudly launching here BEST OF EUROPE/BEST OF WORLD program.
Climate change is another example of Europe prowess and a dear subject to myself as Ambassador for World Protected Areas.
On 22 April 2016, 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement in New York. Fifteen countries deposited their instruments of ratification on the same day sending a signal to the international community on the paramount importance of the implementation of the Agreement.
Our Ambassador office is committed to continue to work closely with all the nations on climate change, not only alongside it in international negotiations, but also as a key partner – providing support for mitigation and adjusting, and on the implementation of the Paris Agreement – the next big challenge.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,I want to welcome you this evening not only to the Europe Day Reception, but also to our exhibition showcasing our engagement in tourism, trade and development across the world.
With WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATIONand WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM programs we succeeded in the last ten years to bring over 6 billion euro investments in tourism, development and growth sector in Africa and Asia and we created more than 100.000 jobs in tertiary sectors of all the countries that have being supported by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE and EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY programs.
I would like to thank all our development implementing partners for their contributions to the exhibition and for their efforts.
I hope that everyone will take time to discover the breadth and depth of the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE co-operation with developing world.
I would like to express my gratitude in particular to key partners of ours in this day, as DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE who offered you not only wonderful gifts but provided you with a symbol of what Europe stand`s for culture like Salvador Dali works and the joy of living embodied by wonderful perfumes and also a word of gratitude to our European Diplomatic Wine`s partners like HOUSE OF PANCIU who unveiled for you the best European sparkling wines and HOUSE OF WINES COTNARI who had offered you the gift of incredible European wines.
A word of gratitude to the 23 masters of pastry and cakes, who created the incredible cakes that we will taste tonight.
I will no longer stay between you and the incredible cakes awaiting us!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Happy Europe Day!
AMBASSADOR DHO YOUNG-SHIM LETTER PRESENTED TO EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE PRESIDENT - PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA
H.E. AMBASSADOR OF REPUBLIC OF KOREA MR. KIM EUN-JOONG RECEIVED BY ECTT PRESIDENT POFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA
On the approaching UNWTO competition, H.E. Ambassador of Republic of Korea Mr. Kim Eun-joong had presented, in a special audience with H.E. ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, the program of Korean candidate for United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary general position.
H. E. President Dr. Anton Caragea perused the document and appreciated his context and his vision and wished all the future success to Korean candidate: Ambassador Dho Young Shim.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea remarked that: This year race for UNWTO Secretary General top job is a special one, as candidates from all continents had submitted their candidatures and we wish them all success in bringing a new breath of life in the organization.
We have also being happy to see inscribed in the competition our member Academician Walter Mzembi, Africa`s candidate and a man that we value and hold dear.
Until now we did`not issued any recommendation for voting for our members in this election, announced President Dr. Anton Caragea.
I think is better if we leave all the countries to decide on the future leader of UNWTO on their own accord and taken under consideration the future of tourism interest and their national tourism development opportunities.
May the best one win! marked Professor Dr. Anton Caragea the end of his audience with Korean Ambassador .
Here is the vision of Republic of Korea candidate Ambassador Dho Young Shim regarding the future of tourism in the world:
In just a matter of days, one of the most important decisions for the future of global tourism will be taken at the 105th session of the UNWTO Executive Council. May 12th, 2017 is when 33 Executive Council Members will propose a successor to Dr. Taleb Rifai as the next UNWTO Secretary General.
This recommendation cannot be taken lightly – there is too much at stake.
Starting from day 1 of taking office, the new Secretary General must build on the invaluable work of Dr Rifai, maintaining and enhancing the support and cooperation achieved with governments, businesses, academia, the UN system, other International Organisations, NGOs, and travellers worldwide.
As you yourself know, the role of tourism in global development – poverty alleviation, sustainability, unity, inclusivity, peace and stability – is too important for leadership risk-taking. Making the right choice demands focus on candidate vision, credentials and character. The world of tourism depends on it.
From the outset of our candidacy, we are very grateful to you for having listened to our approach to the next leadership of the Organisation, which offers a combination of stability and renovation. Together, we will respectfully and responsibly build on the legacy received, injecting an enhanced level of energy and strategic mobilisation to take the Organisation to new heights.
Our candidacy as a team “ticket”, a woman and a man of different, yet complementary professional paths and accomplishments in the tourism sector, and from two regions of the world distant from each other, yet clearly determined to work together, is unique. Our combination is a perfect fit as a team, and our experience with UNWTO will ensure our effectiveness from day one. Over the past twenty years we both have been intimately associated to the Organisation, both externally and internally.
By choosing us the Secretariat of the UNWTO will be headed for the first time by a woman, and by someone from Asia, the second region of the world by its tourist activity after Europe, which has held the post of Secretary-General on three out of five occasions.
Importantly, the fact that we both come from the G20 and the OECD economically advanced countries – the Republic of Korea and Spain – enhances our ability to strengthen UNWTO membership, bringing back to the UNWTO the industrialized countries that are currently distant from the organisation or even those that were never with us.
Our partnership reflects our vision: one of a strong, delivery-focused UNWTO, championing global Tourism as a key enabler to fulfilment of the greater global growth agenda. Our immediate priorities will be:
To strengthen the research capacity of the Organisation producing a wealth of studies for advocacy purposes, including:
The Executive Council’s choice identification and proposal of the next Secretary General of the UNWTO needs to focus on competence in Tourism, for Tourism. The future of the UNWTO and wider UN system’s ability to utilise Tourism as a critical tool for development of nations, as well as fulfilment of the SDGs, depends on the Executive Council Members choosing carefully and responsibly the most capable and experienced leadership.
Together we must ensure it is a future defined by leadership before leaders.
We thank you.
The list of candidates for UNWTO secretary position:
Mr. Márcio Favilla submitted with the support of the Government of Brazil and received on 6 March 2017;
Mr. Jaime Alberto Cabal Sanclemente submitted with the support of the Government of Colombia and received on 6 March 2017;
Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili submitted with the support of the Government of Georgia and received on 2 December 2016;
Republic of Korea:
Mrs. Young-shim Dho submitted with the support of the Government of the Republic of Korea and received on 24 February 2017;
Mr. Alain St. Ange submitted with the support of the Government of Seychelles and received on 18 January 2017;
Mr. Walter Mzembi submitted with the support of the Government of Zimbabwe and received on 4 March 2017;
Korean UNWTO candidate
Ambassador Dho Young SHIM
European Tourism and Academy and World Tourism Institute - European Council on Tourism and Trade are proudly announcing the hosting in Europe of the Congress on Ethics and Tourism.
This gathering is aiming at highlighting the necessity to foster an ethic and development oriented tourism is more relevant as this year we are marking The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development to be celebrated throughout 2017.
The main target of the event will focus on the shared responsibility of all stakeholders in promoting a more sustainable tourism sector.
The tourism and ethics experts gathering will discuss the global sustainability agenda, particularly issues of governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR), responsible tourism consumption patterns, universal accessibility and effective management models for natural and cultural resources in line with tourism ethic manual.
On the agenda of the conclave must be also included tourism practices that contribute to socio-economic empowerment of local communities and individuals and spread the benefits of tourism development, notably to women, youth, indigenous people and persons with disabilities.
The assembly will further highlight the competitive advantages of investing in a more inclusive and diverse tourism sector.
The meeting is more important as it is ascribed to the necessity of creating a large current of opinion in respecting the value of travel advisories, in creating a safe environment for tourism and placing the safety and well being of tourism always at the fore, stated European Council on Tourism and Trade President.
The instructions to amalgamate in this year European Tourism Academy decision regarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM the issues of ethics and safeness with even more scrutiny than usual will be carried out to the fullest stated Academician Ionut Costea.
The GLOBAL TOURISM ETHIC COVENANT can be read out here.
EUROPEAN GUIDE FOR TOURISM PRACTICES can be assessed via this link.
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The European Tourism Academy is charged with proposing an European tourism strategy up to 2035.