The recognition of the role of tourism in sustainable development and the emphasis placed in the SDGs on the development of public policies for sustainable tourism is a landmark breakthrough that provides a unique opportunity for all governments to create a sound and favourable policy foundation.
The first two years of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda have shown that countries are making headway in aligning national strategies, adapting institutional frameworks and adjusting policies to realize the SDGs.
The countries’ efforts have been reported in the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), presented by UN Member States during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2016 and 2017.
In France’s Voluntary National Review 2016, sustainable tourism is reported as a priority driver of growth together with business creation and circular economy. France is a participant in the 10 Year Framework Plan (10 YFP), now rebranded as One Planet network, for action on sustainable consumption and production which was adopted at Rio+20 an co steers the sustainable tourism programme together with UNWTO.
France has recognized sustainable tourism as a priority sector and is now fully committed to implementing the objectives of the One Planet. Within this framework, some 30 French initiatives from the public and private sector have been identified by the French Committee for Sustainable Tourism.