25 September 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General, in World Tourism Day Message, Urges Industry to Safeguard,


Intelligently Manage Water Resources


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World Tourism Day, to be observed on 27 September:

With unsustainable consumption and climate change threatening global water resources, this year’s World Tourism Day highlights the responsibility of the tourism industry to safeguard and intelligently manage water.  In this International Year of Water Cooperation, I urge tourism establishments to cut consumption and improve waste management and I call on individuals to play their part by making environmentally conscious choices when they travel.  By making water saving a priority we can all help to build the future we want.

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