Flanders commemorates the First World War
Flanders develops ethical policy on tourism historic war sites
Under the auspices of Minister Ben Weyts, Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General and Secretary-General Koen Verlaeckt signed a cooperation agreement for the development of a policy framework and ethical guidelines to develop tourism on historical war sites. The signing took place on 8 December in the Errera House in Brussels.
With this policy framework, the UNWTO wishes to provide guidance to public authorities and private actors in order to develop peace promoting tourism. Flanders - with the commemoration of the First World War - has gathered considerable expertise in this domain. The initiative to draw up a policy framework and ethical guidelines came from Flanders that will work together with the Ulster University in Northern Ireland and the Basque UNESCO Center on this project. The overall aim is to support peacebuilding and peace enforcement and to contribute to sustainable development of the region through tourism.
The World Tourism Organisation - UNWTO - is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It plays a central role in promoting responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism worldwide, with special attention to developing countries. Flanders is an associate member of UNWTO since 1997. The Government of Flanders maintains very close relations with the UNWTO and serves on the Executive Council.