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14 January 2016 Visa Openness levels continue to progress
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been long advocating for the need to advance travel faciliation as a means to promote tourism development and multiply its socio-economic benefits. According to UNWTO's latest Visa Openess Report, the share of tourists requiring to obtain a visa prior to travelling continues to decline and is at its lowest level ever. In 2015, 39% of the world population could travel for tourism without obtaining a traditional visa prior to departure as compared to only 23% in 2008. 
18 December 2015 La OMT y el Pacto Mundial España firman un acuerdo para fomentar la responsabilidad social en las empresas turísticas
Promover el compromiso de los agentes del sector turístico en España con la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa es el objetivo principal del acuerdo firmado entre la Organización Mundial del Turismo (OMT) y Pacto Mundial España. Ambas entidades, que forman parte de la familia de Naciones Unidas, trabajan con el sector privado en la consecución de principios éticos y universales del turismo responsable y sostenible. 
7 December 2015 United Nations declares 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.
29 November 2015 Global Travel & Tourism leaders hopeful for positive outcome at COP21 talks
28 September 2015 UNWTO welcomes the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals
UNWTO welcomes the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reiterates its commitment to work towards the implementation of the Goals. 
24 September 2015 World Tourism Day: Celebrating the billion opportunities brought about by the tourism sector
Under the theme ‘One billion tourists, one billion opportunities’, World Tourism Day 2015 emphasizes the impact of the sector on economic growth, job creation and development.
15 September 2015 UNWTO and ICAO enhance cooperation in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
UNWTO and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have announced a new joint strategic statement on Tourism and Air Transport for Development (Medellín, Colombia, 14 September 2015).
31 August 2015 UNWTO General Assembly to meet in Medellín, Colombia
Tourism’s ability to foster inclusive development and social transformation will be the focus of the upcoming 21st Session of the UNWTO General Assembly meeting in Medellín, Colombia (12-17 September 2015).
12 June 2015 Danube region to host Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories
In a joint effort to advance sustainable tourism development in the Danube region, UNWTO and the countries in the Danube have agreed to establish a Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories in the region, under the auspices of UNWTO. The formal agreement was signed during an official visit of UNWTO’s Secretary-General to Bulgaria (Sofia, Bulgaria, 8 June 2015).
5 June 2015 Message by UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai on the occasion of World Environment Day 2015