Yearbook of the United Nations, 2005. Part 6, Intergovernmental organizations related to the United Nations. Chapter 18, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
In 2005, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), recognized by the UN General Assembly in resolution 58/232 [YUN 2003, p. 1475] as a specialized agency, continued to play a central role in promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, with particular attention to the interests of developing countries. In its second year as a UN agency, UNWTO assisted in rebuilding the tourism sector in destination countries affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami [YUN2004, p. 952] and confirmed its role in fighting poverty around the world. The UNWTO General Assembly, its governing body, held its sixteenth session (Dakar, Senegal, 3-6 December). The UNWTO Executive Council, which met between Assembly sessions, held its seventy-fifth session (Nessebar, Bulgaria, 13-14 June). Other meetings of UNWTO organs convened in 2005 included the first emergency session of the UNWTO Executive Council (Phuket, Thailand, 1 February); a conference on Harnessing Tourism for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) [YUN 2000, p. 51] (New York, 13 September); a World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23-24 October); and meetings of the UNWTO Commissions for Africa (Gaborone, Botswana, April), Europe (Coimbra, Portugal, May), the Americas (Santiago, Chile, May), East Asia and the Pacific (Otsu, Japan, June) and the Middle East (Amman, Jordan, September). World Tourism Day was commemorated on 27 September, under the theme “Travel and transport: from the imaginary of Jules Verne to twenty-first century reality”. As at 31 December, UNWTO comprised 150 member States, seven associate members, two observers and over 300 affiliate members, representing the private sector, educational institutions and destination management organizations. During the year, six States—the Bahamas, Belarus, Latvia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and the United Kingdom—became members of the Organization.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2005 v. 59; Vol. 59
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