The World Tourism Organization will hold an emergency session for the suspension of RussiaTravel And Tour World

Published on: Friday March 4th, 2022

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has convened an emergency session of its Executive Council in response to the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine.

The session will be held in Madrid on March 8.

Following the request of Guatemala, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia and Ukraine to suspend the Russian Federation from UNWTO membership, the UNWTO Secretary-General convened a session of the Executive Council to deal with the matter, in accordance with Article 3.4. of the Board’s rules of procedure.

The decision was taken following consultations between the Secretary General and the President of the Executive Council (Côte d’Ivoire).

The in-person session of the Council will be held on March 8 in Madrid. This is the first time in the history of the Organization that the Executive Board will address a request of this type.

Article 3 of the UNWTO Statutes states that the fundamental principles of the Organization are the promotion and development of tourism with a view to contributing to economic development, international understanding, peace, prosperity and respect universal and effective human rights.

UNWTO unequivocally condemned the actions of the Russian Federation, noting that they constitute a clear violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and are contrary to the principles enshrined in the Charter of Nations United Nations and the UNWTO Statutes.

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