Astana, Kazakhstan, 5 October 2009 - Secretary-General's message to the 18th session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization [delivered by Taleb Rifai, Deputy Secretary-General, WTO]I am delighted to send greetings to the eighteenth session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization.
As the United Nations specialized agency for the promotion of sustainable tourism, the UNWTO has important contributions to make to the world's efforts to respond to the global economic crisis and deal with other global challenges.
As reflected in your debates on the Roadmap for Recovery, your efforts to make tourism more sustainable can help the world address climate change, achieve the Millennium Development Goals and build a greener economy. I hope your voices will be heard as negotiators seek to seal a deal at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.
Tourism is among the major socio-economic phenomena of our times, and rightly occupies an important place on the United Nations agenda. I wish you every success in your deliberations.
Statements on 5 October 2009
- New York, 5 October 2009 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the election of Supreme Court justices in Guatemala [scroll down for Spanish version]
- Geneva, Switzerland, 5 October 2009 - Secretary-General's remarks to the ITU World Telecom Youth Forum
- Geneva, Switzerland, 5 October 2009 - Secretary-General's statement to the Geneva Lecture: Resetting the nuclear disarmament agenda
- Geneva, Switzerland, 5 October 2009 - Secretary-General's remarks to ITU Telecom World 2009: ICTs are Vital to Confronting Threat of Climate Change
- New York, 5 October 2009 - Secretary-General's statement to the open debate of the Security Council on Security Council Resolution 1325 ("Women and Peace and Security") [delivered by the Deputy Secretary-General]
- New York, 5 October 2009 - The Secretary-General's message on World Habitat Day
- Geneva, 5 October 2009 - Secretary-General's statement on the attack at the World Food Programme (WFP) office in Pakistan