SCTD Members

The SCTD brings coherence to the efforts of nine UN agencies and programmes working in the area of tourism for development, allowing them to coordinate their tourism-related work and maximize its impact. This innovative approach to MDG achievement builds on the strengths and expertise of each agency.



World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations in the field of tourism. Recognizing tourism’s important role in the global economic and development agenda, UNWTO provides leadership and support to the tourism sector in the advancement of sustainable policies, practices and actions. Through the promotion and development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, UNWTO endeavours to maximize tourism’s contribution to socio-economic growth, job creation, development, environmental conservation, cultural enrichment and international understanding, while minimizing negative social or environmental impacts, paying particular attention to the interests of developing countries. For more information, visit


International Labour Organization (ILO) is the tripartite UN specialized agency devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security, and human dignity. Decent work reflects the concerns of governments, workers and employers and resumes the aspirations of people in their working environment and comprises four strategic objectives that are relevant to all workers: fundamental principles, rights at work and international labour standards; employment and income opportunities; social protection and social security; social dialogue and tripartism. For more information, visit


International Trade Centre (ITC) is the technical cooperation agency of UNCTAD and WTO which supports developing countries to diversify and increase exports. ITC work towards sustainable inclusive tourism, which will improve peoples’ lives by promoting local competitiveness and creating mutually beneficial business linkages between local producers of goods and services and the tourism industry. Our services include opportunity studies; enhancing supply-side quality; strengthening support institutions; strengthening the roles of women in tourism and building successful SMEs & farming communities along the tourism value chain. ITC actively engages the private-sector to ensure a market driven approach across our work. For more information, visit


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) assists developing countries in their efforts to achieve a more effective integration into the world economy on an equitable basis. With the view to maximizing the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries, UNCTAD provides a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, conducts economic research and provides technical assistance and advisory services to member states. As part of its work on international trade in services, UNCTAD is paying growing attention to the contribution of international tourism to poverty reduction and structural transformation, particularly in LDCs. For more information, visit


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life, on the ground in 166 countries. UNDP advocates for nationally-owned solutions to reduce poverty and promote human development. UNDP has been implementing pro-poor interventions in support of the tourism sector under its poverty reduction, private sector and environment programmes. The ultimate objective of UNDP's involvement is to reduce poverty through sustainable and pro-poor solutions. For more information, visit


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is the specialized agency that contributes to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. UNESCO focuses on attaining quality education for all and lifelong learning, mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development, addressing emerging social and ethical challenges, fostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace and building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication. It is within this framework that UNESCO promotes the vital contribution of heritage, in all of its forms and expressions, to the sustainable development of tourism. For more information, visit


United Nations Industrial Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations with a mandate to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition, and work towards improving living conditions in the world's poorest countries by drawing on its combined global resources and expertise. UNIDO's three main priorities actions are poverty reduction through productive activities, strengthening of trade capacity building, environment & energy. UNIDO provides integrated support to LDCs in which Tourism is identified as a key development sector. More specifically, UNIDO focuses on the promotion of creative industries, enhancing sustainable tourism mainly in the accommodation sector and its supply chain through cleaner production and resource efficiency, investment and environmentally sound technology promotion, institutional strengthening and public private partnerships. For more information, visit


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) the specialized UN programme for Environment, providing leadership and encouraging partnership in caring for the environment. Within its Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) branch, which promotes resource efficiency, cleaner and safer production practices and  sustainable consumption patterns, UNEP implements a programme to mainstream sustainability into tourism policies , practices and development by demonstrating the economic, environmental, and socio-cultural benefits of sustainable tourism and providing related technical support and capacity building activities. For more information, visit


World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only international organization dealing with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main objective is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. Tourism and related services are covered under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), where WTO Member governments have individually made legally binding commitments to guarantee specified levels of trade access. With respect to technical cooperation, the WTO organizes around 500 activities annually. For more information, visit