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Mzembi to Pololikashvili on the Russian Suspension from UNWTO

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En modig UNWTO Secretary-General Pololikashvili yesterday called for Russia to be removed as a member of the Världsturismorganisationen, även om han kan anklagas för en intressekonflikt med tanke på att hans hemland Georgien är centralt trasslat in i den nuvarande Ukraina-konflikten.

WTN gratulerade UNWTO yesterday for reacting timely to this crisis as suggested by the World Tourism Network when calling earlier for industry leaders to speak with a United Voice och smart vägledning för världsfred.

Som föreslås av World Tourism Network (WTN), UNWTO should continue focusing also on communicating that tourism is a  Världsfredens väktare.

Naturligtvis UNWTO members are governments represented by ministers of tourism. The UNWTO is an agency of public diplomacy and should leverage people-to-people engagement or citizen diplomacy to reign in Russia. 

Juergen Steinmetz & Dr Walter Mzembi

World Tourism Network VP Walter Mzembi, who was a candidate for UNWTO Secretary-General in 2018 said:

  • Before the suspension, UNWTO should appoint a peace mission to Russia to plead with the administration in Russia and see the necessity of peace as an underwriter of successful travel and tourism. This may be a better approach instead of taking a divisive position, which could split the organization on opinion and eventually physically too.
  • Secondly, suspension of a member is a political decision that may not necessarily rest with Tourism Ministers and will require broader consultation with home governments. At the same time UNWTO itself is part of the UN Cabinet. It cannot act unilaterally while Russia itself sits right there in the Security Council with veto power.

UNWTO Secretary-General Pololikashville must designate a special envoy to handle and balance this assignment and recuse himself personally because of what he may be otherwise accused of – a conflict of interest.

Mzembis råd till Pololikashville är: Följ reglerna för vederbörlig process och avsäg dig.

WTN agrees with the principle of sanctioning an errant member State but is questioning the process, the methodology, and whether current UNWTO statutes speak to political censure.

If they are silent then it will bring the mover under the spotlight, rather become part of concurrent UN action instead of plunging the UNWTO into political space.

En framstående WTN Board member, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, who was an assistant Secretary-General of UNWTO had this to add:

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Prof. Geoffrey Lipman & Juergen Steinmetz

Lipman sa från sitt hem i Bryssel, Belgien:

Another approach would be time for the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to rejoin UNWTO and help apply punitive tourism sanctions.

Du har nu möjlighet World Tourism Network, as a US-headquartered entity may want to lobby for this with the Secretary of State and the US Secretary of Commerce.

Turismen är förmodligen 5-10% av den ryska ekonomin.

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Jürgen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz har kontinuerligt arbetat inom rese- och turistbranschen sedan han var tonåring i Tyskland (1977).
Han grundade eTurboNews 1999 som det första nyhetsbrevet online för den globala reseturismbranschen.

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