Joins 39 new members from Africa, the Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East
Samarkand, Uzbekistan: Today, at the 25th Session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Kelowna, British Columbia-based GreenStep Solutions’ candidature as an Affiliate Member of the UNWTO was officially approved.“The UNWTO considers the private sector as an important partner in fulfilling its general mandate for the promotion of sustainable tourism development and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda,” stated UNWTO Affiliate Member Director, Ion Vilcu, in his official welcome.
“Within this context, we recognize the great potential of the collaboration with your entity to contribute towards the creation of a more ethical and responsible tourism sector, for the benefit of the international community.” This principal gathering of the UNWTO brought together high-level officials and tourism leaders alongside leading representatives from the public and private sectors, local authorities, academia and media.
“I am incredibly honoured to have the opportunity to join this international community of leaders committed to shaping the future of tourism,” said Angela Nagy, President & CEO of GreenStep.
As one of the world’s most important economic sectors, the tourism industry has the potential to significantly influence the achievement of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
As an Affiliate Member, GreenStep will have the opportunity to collaborate with member states, companies, educational and research institutions, destinations and NGOs around the world, to share information, establish new business relationships, and create innovative products, with the common goal of advancing sustainable tourism.
About GreenStep: GreenStep was founded in 2008 to help small to medium-sized enterprises measure and improve their sustainability performance. To date, GreenStep has worked with thousands of businesses and organizations of all sizes, in a variety of industries such as tourism, retail, professional services, and manufacturing. Through its Sustainable Tourism Division, GreenStep provides consulting, strategy development, carbon footprint measurement, and related training and certification programs to tourism businesses and destinations in Canada and beyond. GreenStep is the only Canadian-based provider of sustainable tourism certifications for all types of tourism businesses and destinations.
About the UNWTO Affiliate Membership: Bringing together over 500 companies, educational and research institutions, destinations and NGOs, the UNWTO Affiliate Members provides a space for members to engage in dialogue, share information and take further action. Its principal mission is to foster synergies among Affiliate Members and Member States and to promote the exchange of knowledge among key stakeholders with the objective of contributing to the promotion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
For more information, visit: https://www.unwto.org/affiliate-members
About the UNWTO 25th General Assembly: Taking place every second year, this year’s General Assembly focuses on two main pillars, education and investment, with the goal of having attendees explore innovative ideas and new opportunities within tourism. With the industry on track to return to pre-pandemic levels of international arrivals by year’s end, the event brings together a diverse group of high-level officials and tourism leaders, representatives from the public and private sectors, local authorities, academia and media from across the globe to discuss budget, establish priorities, and conceive a clear vision for the future of the tourism sector.
For more information, visit: https://www.unwto.org/event/general-assembly-twenty-fifth-session