UNDP and Mexico to boost tourism for sustainable development

Jun 3, 2015

Left Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Minister of Tourism of Mexico with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, Marcia de Castro UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mexico and Jessica Faeita UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo: UNDP


New York, 3 June - The Minister of Tourism of Mexico Claudia Ruiz Massieu and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark signed today an agreement to encourage tourism as an important way to promote sustainable development in Mexico, boosting gains in the social, economic and environmental fronts.

Tourism is among the top five most important sectors for the Mexican economy, generating nearly 15 per cent (US$189 billion) of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2014, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. The sector was also responsible for nearly eight million direct, indirect and induced jobs in 2014: nearly 16 per cent of the country’s total employment in 2014.

“Our partnership will also focus on vulnerable communities, seeking to reduce poverty, improve skills and provide decent employment to women and men, while leveraging Mexico’s culture, including, of course, its world-renowned gastronomy,” said UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mexico Marcia de Castro.

The new partnership will also develop and test new models of sustainable tourism. This entails a range of measures including biodiversity conservation, provisioning of clean drinking water and decomposition of wastes in ecosystems, while promoting sustainable energy sources and climate resilience in tourist areas.

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