UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD)

The United Nations Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD) brings together the tourism‐specific experiences and expertise of each of its Members with a view to creating synergies for a more coordinated, effective and efficient delivery of technical assistance to developing countries, thus complementing their efforts to establish a competitive national tourism sector.

By embracing the Delivering as ONE initiative, which is based on four principles:-One Budget, One Leader, One Programme, One Office,- UNWTO has joined forces and formed the United Nations Steering Committee on Tourism for Development that aims to strengthen tourism’s potential to contribute to sustainable development.

Thanks to Delivering as ONE, the UN can work towards more coherence, efficiency and effectiveness at country level and achieve reduced transaction costs for the host countries.

Since 2010, the SCTD is composed by: 

For a complete list of SCTD Members, please click here.

Assisting LDCs and developing countries

The SCTD provides specialized tourism natural heritage assistance aimed at maximizing the sector´s capacity to support countries in reaching development goals, while preserving their cultural and natural heritage.

Supporting LDCs` access to funding mechanism

The SCTD has identified the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) – an Aid-for-Trade mechanism for LDCs –- as a key source of funding in order to facilitate the implementation of tourism for development initiatives. 

The EIF is a multilateral trade capacity development initiative that supports LDCs to become more active in the global trading system. The EIF is currently implemented in 46 LDCs and supported by a multi-donor trust fund with contributions from 22 donors. SCTD will work closely with national focal points to help identify the sustainable tourism development priorities and formulate joint proposals and activities according to EIF principles and procedures.

To support the delivery of an integrated initiative for tourism, the SCTD will build on the strength of each agency and programme to identify and mobilize financial resources necessary to respond to developing countries' needs. As an innovative institutional framework for Delivering as One for Tourism, the SCTD will also explore the possibility of creating a Multi-Donors Trust Fund for sustainable tourism development in the future

UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development
Poeta Joan Maragall, 42
28020 Madrid (SPAIN)