High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (Side Event) - Tourism & Construction: Circular Economy solutions for SDG12


18 Juillet 2018

Conference Room 7, UN Headquarters
New York
United States

On the occasion of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum and the in-depth review of SDG 12, the Sustainable Tourism and Sustainable Buildings and Construction programmes of the One Planet Network, together with UN Environment, as well as the governments of Bhutan, Botswana, Finland and Mexico, are organizing an official side-event to showcase how circular economy solutions in the tourism and construction sectors can accelerate the shift to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and the implementation of SDG 12 while contributing to sustainable and resilient societies. 
It will take place on Wednesday 18th of July from 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm in the Conference room 7, UN Headquarters.
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Marianna Stori, mstori@unwto.org 
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The official side-event is the result of collaboration between two programmes of the One Planet network, new name of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) since February 2018:

The One Planet - Sustainable Tourism Programme, which serves as a collaborative platform to scale up existing initiatives and partnerships and facilitate new projects and activities with potential to accelerate the shift to SCP in the tourism sector.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been leading the programme since its launch in November 2014, together with the Governments of France (Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition), Morocco (Department of Tourism of the Ministry of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy), and the Republic of Korea (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) serving as Co-Leads.

The One Planet - Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme which aims at improving the knowledge of sustainable construction and to support and mainstream sustainable building solutions.

The programme is led by the government of Finland (Ministry of the Environment) and co-led by the World Green Building Council (WGBC), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and UN Environment.


Overview of the Programme




MODERATOR Ms. Annika Lindblom, Secretary General, National Commission on Sustainable Development Counsellor, Ministry of Environment, Finland  


Opening remarks

Ms. Ligia Noronha, Director of the Economy Division of UN Environment


The application of SCP and circularity to the tourism sector: from national policies to practical implementation on the ground

Dr. Dirk Glaesser, Director of the Sustainable Development of Tourism Programme of the UNWTO


Circularity in the built environment provides cost-efficient solutions to mitigate climate change, providing business opportunities globally including SMEs

Mr. Pekka Huovila, Coordinator of the One Planet Network Programme on Sustainable Buildings & Construction


“The Kasane Call to Action on Sustainable Tourism”: a framework to support circular models and SDG12 monitoring in tourism sector

H.E. Mr. Tshekedi Khama, Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism of Botswana


Implementation of SDG12 at national and destination level in Mexico towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda

H.E. Mr. Jorge Carlos Hurtado, Vice Minister for Environmental Promotion and Regulation, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico


Advancing SCP in Mexico through evidence-based sustainable tourism policies and practices

H.E. Ms. María Teresa Solís, Vice Minister for Tourism Planning and Policy of the Mexico's Federal Secretariat of Tourism (SECTUR)


Featuring national SCP good practices and innovative solutions to progress SDG12 in Bhutan

Ms. Chhimmy Pem, Director of the Tourism Council of Bhutan


Advancing the contribution of tourism to the 17 SDGs and launch of the ‘Tourism 4 SDGs Platform - Journey to 2030’

Mr. Christoph I. Lang, Senior Adviser, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SCD);

Ms. Zoritsa Urosevic, UNWTO Representative in Geneva


Question and Answer



Closing remarks

Mr. Martin Bortzmeyer, Head of Delegation for Sustainable Development, Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France