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    Tourism in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was adopted in September 2015 by all UN-member states. The strength of the 2030 Agenda is its universality, its complexity and its vision to transform our world. It addresses the way we are living and challenging the lifestyle of a lucky few, that is harming the opportunities for the sustainable development of the vast majority of people on earth.

    Its groundbreaking title “Transforming our World” offers a great opportunity towards positive change as it clearly rejects the idea of a passive business as usual-approach. Sustainable tourism is mentioned several times in the 2030 Agenda. This is an acknowledgement of the global significance of the sector, but at the same time an obligation to transform the current tourism model.

    Case studies, academic research, and experiences brought together on this homepage describe the manifold relations between tourism and every single one of the 17 SDGs. They show clearly, that modest socio-economic or ecological adjustments in travel and tourism – which is usually understood by the term 'sustainable tourism' - will not bring the necessary change and thus will fail to address both aims of the 2030 Agenda: sustainability and development.

    Transforming our world is not possible without transforming tourism. With this homepage and the Berlin Declaration we want not only encourage further reflection and debate, but activities and actions.