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7 December 2015 United Nations declares 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.
29 November 2015 Global Travel & Tourism leaders hopeful for positive outcome at COP21 talks
12 November 2015 UNWTO and Griffith Institute for Tourism launch Global Report on Public-Private Partnerships in tourism
The UNWTO Global Report, produced in collaboration with the Griffith Institute of Tourism, highlights how Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) among tourism stakeholders drive socio-economic development (Madrid, Spain, 10 November 2015).
4 November 2015 UNWTO/WTM Ministers Summit: social media changing destination branding
Ministers of Tourism and private sector leaders meeting at the 9th UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers' Summit agreed that destination branding and the way tourism marketing organizations operate need to be adapted to the changes brought in by social media (London, United Kingdom, 3 November 2015).
24 October 2015 Naciones Unidas invita a celebrar su 70 aniversario en España
Coincidiendo con el Día de Naciones Unidas, que este año conmemora el 70 aniversario de la Organización, las 14 agencias, fondos y programas radicados en España invitan a conocer su trabajo y reflexionar sobre el futuro de la ONU. La iniciativa, que tiene lugar en el Centro Conde Duque de Madrid el 24 de octubre bajo el título ‘Naciones Unidas, un barrio global’, incluye una exposición, un debate con personalidades de la sociedad civil y un acto simbólico en el que se lanzarán globos con mensajes de la ciudadanía recogidos durante toda la Jornada.
23 October 2015 UNWTO kicks off the official celebrations in Spain of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations
Ahead of UN Day on 24 October, the World Tourism Organization, the only UN Specialized Agency with Headquarters in Spain, welcomed all UN agencies, funds and programmes based in the country to mark the occasion as the first activity of the official Spanish celebrations of the United Nations’ 70th Anniversary (Madrid, Spain, 23 October 2015).
1 October 2015 UNWTO welcomes the G20 Tourism Ministers’ commitment to promote more and better jobs
UNWTO welcomes the Declaration issued by the G20 Tourism Ministers (T.20) committing to advance initiatives that promote more and better jobs and contribute to the objectives of the G20 of promoting  “inclusive and robust growth”. The 6th T.20 Ministers Meeting was held in Antalya on 30 September under the Turkish Presidency of the G20. 
28 September 2015 UNWTO welcomes the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals
UNWTO welcomes the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reiterates its commitment to work towards the implementation of the Goals. 
24 September 2015 World Tourism Day: Celebrating the billion opportunities brought about by the tourism sector
Under the theme ‘One billion tourists, one billion opportunities’, World Tourism Day 2015 emphasizes the impact of the sector on economic growth, job creation and development.
17 September 2015 Financing of Tourism for Development: a holistic approach needed
The need to have an holistic approach to financing of tourism for development was one of the key conclusions of the event held on the topic on the sidelines of the 21st UNWTO General Assembly. The horizontal nature of the sector and its many linkages to other activities along the value chain requires that the international community develops an approach to tourism financing that promotes cross-sector cooperation and solutions (Medellín, Colombia, 15 September 2015).