UN Approves Uzbekistan’s Initiative to Develop Global Safe Tourism Code

Bukhara, Uzbekistan; image: TCA

The initiative to create an intergovernmental commission on the development of the Global Safe Tourism Code within the framework of the participation of the delegation led by the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Spain, Farrukh Tursunov, in the 121st session of the UN Tourism Executive Council was unanimously approved, as reported by the Dunyo news agency. The initiative was initially announced by the President Mirziyoyev at the 25th session of the UN General Assembly on tourism held in Samarkand in October 2023.

As stated in the report, conflicts and instability observed in different parts of the world today hurt the development of tourism. In this regard, there is a need to develop a unified approach to ensure the safety of tourists, and the development of the proposed code is a step towards creating a safer, more sustainable, and fairer tourism ecosystem.

It is expected that the code will become one of the tools for the sustainable development of tourism and include measures for environmental protection and the preservation of cultural heritage.

In his speech at the session, UN Secretary General of Tourism, Zurab Pololikashvili thanked the government of Uzbekistan for its contribution to the organization’s activities and noted that Uzbekistan is the most active participant of this structure, contributing not only to the development of the global tourism industry, but also to the enhancement of the image of the UN.