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24 The mandate of the United Nations for the implementation of the SDGs in the business sector corresponds to the International Labour Organization and the United Nations Global Compact, through local networks and national offices of these organizations, respectively. At the local level, the UN Global Compact Network Spain conducted a Post-2105 mapping exercise, which materialized in the publication “Spain as a driving force of the development agenda agent”,11 in which the priorities of the Spanish private sector were identified in order to contribute effectively to the SDGs. Through this exercise many priorities were identified in relation with the five areas of the new agenda. Among them, two were related to the tourism sector in the Planet and Prosperity areas: “Promoting sustainable tourism, changing the focus of the sector, with the focus on responsible citizens.” 11 España, como agente motor de la agenda de desarrollo 2030, (Madrid: Red Española del Pacto Mundial, 2015) “Protecting biodiversity as a key element to ensure the sustainability of resources and priority economic sectors in Spain, for example through responsible tourism.” The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a specialized agency of the United Nations and the leading international organization in the tourism sector, has the mission of promoting the contribution of the tourism sector to the SDGs. The UNWTO is devoting efforts to contribute through technical assistance and training to the achievement of the SDGs, especially with regard to the goals in which tourism is explicitly mentioned such as Goals 8, 12 and 14.


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