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20th UNWTO General Assembly
August 24, 2013 - August 29, 2013
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
Zambia and Zimbabwe proposed to jointly host the 20th Session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in their two border towns, namely, Livingstone, and Victoria Falls, respectively. To this effect, a decision was passed that the two countries be awarded the right to jointly host the UNWTO General Assembly to be held in Livingstone and Victoria Falls Towns from 24th to 29th August, 2013.
Registration for the Assembly session will be carried out online. The participation form is available on the UNWTO website. Participants are requested to kindly complete the online participation form before Wednesday, 24 July 2013, on which date online registration will be closed.
As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.
UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development.
UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world.
UNWTO’s membership includes 155 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 400 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.
The General Assembly is the supreme organ of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. Its ordinary sessions, held every two years, are attended by delegates of the Full and Associate Members, as well as representatives from the Business Council. It is the most important meeting of senior tourism officials and high-level representatives of the private sector from all over the world.