Statement of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics on the war in Ukraine – English version

The World Tourism Ethics Committee (WWCD), an impartial body reporting directly to the UNWTO General Assembly, met under a new chairmanship and with a new composition. At the conclusion of the deliberations, the Committee agreed to issue the following statement:

The World Committee on Tourism Ethics, welcoming the statement of the Secretary-General of the United Nations that “the continuation of the war in Ukraine is morally unacceptable, politically indefensible and militarily absurd”, in the firm conviction that tourism is a vital force for peace and a factor of friendship and mutual understanding among the peoples of the world, urges the Russian Federation to put an end to its invasion of Ukraine, which endangers millions of lives, threatens its peace and security . Guided by Article 1 of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, the Committee calls for all possible efforts to be made towards peace negotiations, in accordance with the fundamental principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

While the right to tourism is forcibly suppressed during conflicts, tourism always serves as a reminder of the importance of dialogue, peace, tolerance and sustainable development between countries.

The functions of the CMET are to interpret, apply and evaluate the provisions of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, as well as to ensure the promotion of its ethical principles and the monitoring of their practical application by governments and the private sector. (WTO)

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