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 Japan’s Voluntary National Review 2017, the topic of tourism is mentioned in their project in Africa through The African Clean Cities platform. The project is a regional mechanism to support the achievement of the SDGs on waste management in Africa.
The African Clean cities platform aims at sharing information and experiences of appropriate waste management practices including the 3Rs (Recycle, Reuse, Reduce) in Africa. With the expansion of clean and healthy cities, the foundation of well-being, investment and tourism promotion will then be secured.