Goa Roadmap for Tourism to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals is welcomed by the G20

The G20 member nations’ tourism ministers gathered in Goa on Wednesday to address a range of topics and applauded the Goa Roadmap for tourism to further sustainable development objectives.

In a meeting, the ministers reaffirmed the significance of advancing the role of tourism in accelerating the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Achievement of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and working towards the full recovery of tourism from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an official release. According to the press release, the minister supported the development of the five tourism priority areas of Green Tourism, Digitalization, Skills, Tourism MSMEs, and Destination Management, which were designated by India’s G20 Presidency for the Tourism Working Group.

The minister reportedly said during the meeting that tourism has a significant impact on the G20’s primary goal of promoting “strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive growth” and that they will work to position the industry for accelerating sustainable development and achieving the SDGs.

According to the press release, the topic of the Ukraine conflict and its effects on the world economy were discussed. The majority of the participants emphasised how much hardship it is giving to people.

“The global economy has been further harmed by the conflict in Ukraine. On this subject, a conversation took place. The majority of members vehemently denounced the conflict in Ukraine, emphasising that it was causing “immense human suffering and exacerbating existing fragilities in the global economy, restricting growth, increasing inflation, disrupting supply chains, heightening energy and food insecurity, and elevating risks to financial stability,” according to the statement.

“There were more viewpoints and various evaluations of the circumstances and punishments. We agree that security challenges may have important repercussions for the global economy, but we also recognise that the G20 is not the platform to address them.

According to the press release, upholding international law and the multilateral framework that protects peace and stability are crucial. This entails upholding international humanitarian law, particularly the protection of people and infrastructure in armed situations, and defending all the purposes and principles stated in the United Nations Charter. Nuclear weapons use or threat of use is not permitted. Diplomacy and communication are essential, as are attempts to resolve crises and settle disputes amicably. It must not be a time of conflict now.

The ministers reiterated their commitment to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women via tourism initiatives, according to the announcement.

“Through tourist policies and programmes, we reaffirm our commitment to fostering gender equality and the empowerment of women. We welcome the Goa Roadmap for Tourism, which is appended and serves as a voluntary framework for adopting policies that would advance tourism’s contribution to the SDGs, as a means of attaining those goals, the statement said.

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