"The Government of Spain will strengthen its commitment to the UNWTO"


The president has valued the organization by Spain of this event, as example of the “maximum degree of cooperation and unity” between countries, with a constant capacity to adapt to the evolution and uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It should be remembered that our country decided to host the 24th edition of the UNWTO General Assembly after the resignation of Morocco due to its epidemiological situation.

This meeting is held in Spain after the frustrated Saudi Arabia’s attempt to seize Madrid’s headquarters of the entity headed by Zurab Pololikashvili, re-elected as Secretary General of the UNWTO. In this context, the Prime Minister wanted to end his speech “by making a reflection on the role of the World Tourism Organization because I think it can and must play a central role, promoting responsible tourism policies, promoting solid, long-lasting tourism models that are agents of growth, development and a source of wealth “.

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“I believe that the World Tourism Organization already has valuable experience when proposing initiatives that respond to current demands in terms of sustainability and also protection of the environment,” said Sánchez

“Count on Spain to promote a more effective, stronger, more relevant World Tourism Organization, for the good of a sector called to play an even more fundamental role in building an increasingly connected and sustainable world”

“From the maximum unit I believe that we will be able to increase the capacity of the organization to carry out all these reforms, “he added.

The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto; the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the recently re-elected Secretary General of the UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili.

On the other hand, Pedro Sánchez has asserted that “the recovery agenda cannot be stopped, especially in tourism, such an important sector for the economy “, although he has said that its role goes beyond” it also represents a path of knowledge that unites us, that allows us to get to know each other better and makes us more human, contributing to the progress of our societies “.

Vaccination and mobility

On the other hand, the President of the Government has defended that for regain mobility global vaccination against COVID-19 is essential and has carried out a appeal to the international community: “There is no alternative to a true universal vaccination. Our safety and our recovery depend on it.”

He pointed out that Spain, where 90% of its population over 12 years of age is already vaccinated with the full schedule, will continue to reinforce immunization, but has insisted, especially after the appearance of the new variant of coronavirus (omicron) that “the world will not be safe until vaccines reach all places.”

He has detailed that Spain is committed to this task. First, with the commitment to donate 30 million doses of vaccines this year and reach 50 million in the first quarter of 2022, through the COVAX mechanism -created by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international entities, to distribute the coronavirus vaccine equitably in all countries-.

He has also referred to multilateralism as the best vehicle to face the situation of uncertainty that we live in. In his opinion, it has been “a key instrument to effectively manage the terrible threat of the pandemic and its consequences.”