49 THE TOURISM SECTOR AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS About World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) United Nations Global Compact INITIATIVES OF THE WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION Below are the initiatives that the World Tourism Organization is working on with companies in the sector with a view to achieving sustainable and responsible tourism. UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism: this is a fundamental frame of reference for responsible and sustainable tourism. It consists of a comprehensive set of principles designed to guide key-players in tourism development: governments, the travel industry, communities and tourists alike. Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism: This commitment represents a public statement of a business or tourist association’s commitment to uphold the principles of the Code and to implement them into their corporate governance. Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals: The UNWTO has developed a practical guide on how tourism can contribute directly or indirectly to the achievement of each SDG. Through it, companies can see how their actions can influence each of the 17 SDGs. UNWTO.TedQual Certification System: The UNWTO. TedQual Certification is aimed at tourism education, training or research institutions. Through the definition of minimum quality standards for tourism education, this certification facilitates continuous improvement of education, training and research in tourism. ST-EP Initiative: This initiative promotes poverty alleviation by supporting sustainable development projects carried out by the UNWTO in collaboration with partners from the public and private sectors. Hotel Energy Solutions (HES): This initiative provides tools to enable hotel and tourism accommodation enterprises to measure, assess and reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint. Nearly Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH): This European initiative helps in renovations of hotels into nearly Zero Energy Buildings by providing technical advice and training activities. Manuals and recommendations on accessible tourism: The UNWTO has developed a series of manuals on the tools and best practices to help companies acquire the necessary expertise to make infrastructure and tourist attractions accessible to all.
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