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.
The four countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Aruba, Curaçao, the Netherlands and St Maarten) report jointly to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The Kingdom’s Voluntary National Review includes the views and positions of all four countries, providing detail on progress made and lessons learned by each autonomous country as well as the Kingdom as a whole.
All countries in the Kingdom invest in education and has national policies that promote culture for social importance and economic value, which includes sustainable tourism, innovation and spatial planning.
Tourism is mentioned in Aruba’s reporting, where in 2016, Aruba partnered with the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and UNDP to establish the UN Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Development for SIDS. The Centre aims to strengthen innovation and resilience by offering a platform to exchange knowledge in renewable energy, tourism, the environment and sustainable health practices.
St Maarten is promoting sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products, a shared cultural identity, diversity and tolerance. The country plans to stimulate economic growth and business development through innovation, SME promotion, the development of telecom and other services and the creation of an enabling environment.
In Curaçao, The Carribean Research and Management Biodiversity foundation conducts studies in the region in cooperation with international institutes to promote scientific tourism.
In the Netherlands. it has two priority areas: combating human trafficking and fighting the exploiting of children in child sex tourism and child pornography, both at home and abroad.