The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a new online platform to achieve so-called SDGs goals through tourism.17 goals for achieving sustainable development (Sustainable Development Goals, from which comes the abbreviation SDGs) was set by the United Nations in 2015. Through 169 smaller operational goals within the umbrella 17, the UN seeks to end poverty, preserve the planet and create a prosperous world of the future by 2030.The goals are: to eradicate poverty and then world hunger, human health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and humane living conditions, affordable and clean energy, fair business and economic development, industry, innovation and infrastructure, reduce inequalities, create sustainable cities and communities, responsible production and consumption, actions related to climate protection, then preservation of underwater and terrestrial life, preservation of peace, justice and building strong institutions, while the last goal is the way to achieve the above, namely through Cooperation.Tourism can also play a major role in achieving these goals, which is why the UNWTO seeks to create space for the global tourism community to help achieve this commendable agenda.With the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the World Tourism Organization has launched a network platform Tourism4SDGs which provides all relevant research, education and training programs, a list of events, initiatives, regulations, information and support for obtaining certification in one place and much more. The space of the T4SDGs platform is to bring together public bodies, international organizations, companies, educational institutions, civil society organizations and travelers in order to realize the idea of the so-called Agenda 2030. It is important to point out that tourism contributes 10% of world GDP and employment and is becoming a key factor in achieving 17 goals.”Tourism plays a vital role in most, if not all, of the 17 SDGs. We live in a period where economic activities are becoming multidisciplinary, while deep social divisions still exist. Tourism for SDGs the platform provides the global tourism community with space to participate in the creation and engage in the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”, Said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.The platform offers three main possibilities: Learn, Share i Act (Learn, Share and Act) and through these levels, in addition to education, encourages dialogue and collaboration within the sustainable tourism sector. Option Enter provides access to information on sustainable tourism coming from relevant experts, professionals and travelers from all over the world. Share events, initiatives, research, documentation and stories, an option that guarantees transparency between the stakeholders of this demanding process because, ultimately, everyone has a role to play within it. Last option, Take action, provides insight into the current state of the project and how it can be improved, as well as opportunities for partnerships between stakeholders.”Switzerland fully supports this platform, which will draw attention to three main components of sustainable tourism: its economic, environmental and social dimension.”Ambassador Raymund Furrer told SECO.The T4SDGs platform was launched during the UN Political Forum on the subject Transformations towards sustainable and vital societies which took place in New York City from July 9-18.
Each year, we set aside a day of thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon our great nation by celebrating the tradition of Thanksgiving.This year, I have so much to be thankful for – my family and friends, my health, and the distinct honor of being able to serve the people of Pennsylvania every day as governor.And here in Pennsylvania, we have much to give thanks for — an abundance of natural resources, rich and diverse communities, and a bright future.What many Pennsylvanians may be surprised to learn, however, is that Thanksgiving was first proclaimed in my hometown of York, Pennsylvania.Most Americans think of Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts as the site for the first Thanksgiving, and the pilgrims and Native Americans there did indeed begin a tradition of showing gratitude that we continue to celebrate to this day each November.But at the height of the American Revolution, after a series of battles against the British, a group of Americans in the Continental Congress drafted a resolution in York declaring December 18th as a day of “solemn thanksgiving and praise” for the good fortune many hoped and predicted was on its way for the American revolutionaries.On November 1, 1777, Sam Adams wrote:“That at one time and with one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts… To inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all human blessings, independence and peace.”The Thanksgiving holiday would continue to be celebrated on various dates throughout November and December, until President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be the official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863.But Pennsylvania was the location of the first national Thanksgiving — a declaration of hope, gratitude, and togetherness during a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.In the York Historic District, a historical marker along East Market Street informs passersby that Sam Adams of Massachusetts, a “father of the revolution,” advocated for the first time one day of public thanksgiving for the colonies.Today, as Americans and Pennsylvanians, we continue to hold our independence as one of our proudest values, and we continue to work towards peace in our homes, communities, schools, workplaces, state, and nation.Frances and I are also thankful for the opportunity to lead our state into a bright, successful future. I and my administration remain committed to upholding the sentiments for which our founding fathers fought and said thanks in our commonwealth almost 250 years ago.As families and friends across the Commonwealth come together to give thanks, Frances and I would like to wish all Pennsylvanians a Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. By: Governor Tom Wolf Holidays, The Blog, Videos SHARE TWEET November 23, 2016 A Thanksgiving Greeting from Our Family to Yours Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
In the second half of his 6-year term,President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration will focus on “adequate food, water,education, housing and health,” Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said back inJuly. (With ABS-CBN News/PN) The Sept. 27-30 poll found that 9.1percent or an estimated 2.3 million families went hungry due to lack of food inthe third quarter of the year, down from 10 percent or 2.5 million logged inJune, said SWS. The quarterly decrease in the nationalhunger rate is due to a decrease of 7.4 points in Metro Manila, a decrease of1.2 points in Balance Luzon, a steady figure in the Visayas, and an increase of2.9 points in Mindanao. Families live in concrete pipes used as makeshift dwellings along a street in Manila. AFP The latest hunger rate is the sum of7.4 percent or around 1.8 million families who went hungry only once or a fewtimes in the last 3 months, and 1.7 percent or around 426,000 families who wenthungry always. MANILA – Fewer Filipinos experiencedinvoluntary hunger from July to September compared to the previous quarter,according to a survey released by the Social Weather Stations onWednesday. The non-commissioned survey had 1,800respondents and a sampling error margin of ±2.3 percent for nationalpercentages.