World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


WINTA Recognises Aboriginal Tourism Leadership

World Indigenous Tourism Alliance Recognises Aboriginal Tourism Leadership
16 April 2014, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) has recognised the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia for its Leadership in Indigenous Tourism Organisational Development, consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Principles of the Larrakia Declaration.

The recognition ceremony took place at the 2014 International Aboriginal Tourism Conference held in Whistler British Columbia, where WINTA addressed the conference on the implications of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Larrakia Declaration for the tourism industry.

Mr. Ben Sherman WINTA Leadership Council said “the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia has set a high standard for reference by other Indigenous tourism organisations seeking to facilitate the empowerment of Indigenous peoples through tourism”.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007 sets minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world and specifies the obligations of states to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples. While there was initial hesitation by some countries to support the Declaration in 2007, the vast majority of United Nations Member States now support the Declaration, and none oppose it.

Mr. Sherman said “the obligation of United Nations member states to protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples has always been the central focus, however it is now reassuring to see that the business sector also acknowledges that it has an obligation to respect the rights of Indigenous peoples”.

Mr Sherman’s comment follows the promulgation of the Larrakia Declaration by the 1st Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference 2012 in Darwin Australia and the subsequent development of The Business Reference Guide: UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2013 by the UN Global Compact. The UN Global Compact was launched in 2000 and has become the largest corporate responsibility initiative in the world with over 10,000 signatories based in 140 countries.

Mr Sherman said “the Larrakia Declaration provides a partnership framework for governments, business and Indigenous institutions to respect and support the rights of Indigenous peoples through tourism. The organisational development leadership shown by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia has resulted in a very effective mechanism to enable both government and business to engage positively with and empower Indigenous tourism in British Columbia”.

End.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN Health Agency Responds To Ebola Spike

UN health agency responds to Ebola spike by deploying team on border of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau More>>

UN Casts Israel As World's Worst Violator Of Health Rights

Israel's army team of medics recently treated 1,600 victims of the Nepal earthquake. More>>

W Thousands Flee Syria’s Besieged Historic City Of Palmyra

As thousands flee Syria’s besieged historic city of Palmyra, UN refugee agency readies response plan More>>

UN Agency To Halt Housing Allowance For Palestine Refugees

Lack of funds forces UNRWA to suspend cash assistance for housing for Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon. Photo: UNRWA/Shafiq Fahed More>>


Bangkok: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphophia

BMA, UN, embassy representatives, civil society and artists stand united with LGBTI Thais on International Day against Transphobia, Homophobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre More>>

Displaced Iraqis Face Difficulties As Fighting Continues

UNHCR is concerned about the processing arrangements in place at the Bzabz bridge – a series of pontoons across the Euphrates River which marks the boundary between Anbar province and the capital, Baghdad. Photo: UNHCR/G. Ohara More>>

UNESCO Chief Condemns Killing Of Bangladeshi Blogger

Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz The head of the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom worldwide today voiced ... More>>

Philadelphia: Train Crash

Five people have been confirmed dead and more than 136 people injured after an Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia today at 9.20pm local time.More>>

UN News: Alarming Surge In Bay Of Bengal Crossings

The number of irregular migrants crossing the Bay of Bengal has almost doubled over the past year amid a dangerous uptick in human smuggling and trafficking across the region, according to a new report from the United Nations refugee agency. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news