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 WTTC's annual Global Summit: “Our planet is on fire", said Ban Ki-moon

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“The travel and tourism sector has a crucial role to play in ensuring cross-border collaboration, which will result in a peaceful and sustainable future, underpinned by justice, solidarity and prosperity,” Ki-moon added.

UN goals on ending poverty and eradicating hunger by 2030 are set to be missed as governments, businesses, and civil societies are not working properly together, according to the organization’s former secretary-general.

Speaking at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit in Riyadh on Nov. 29, Ban Ki-moon said that it is extremely unlikely the world will achieve all 17 sustainable development goals within the next eight years.

Other targets include quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and affordable and clean energy.

“It is almost impossible to achieve our 17 sustainable development goals by 2030, instead it may go beyond 2053. For African countries, it may go up to 2060,” said Ki-moon.

He added: “The 17 SDG goals demand global partnerships between governments, business companies and civil societies. When this trilateral partnership starts working, then I think we can do it.”

During his talk, he also highlighted the importance of having global collaboration and cooperation between governments to achieve sustainability goals.

“Geopolitical tensions including the illegal ongoing Russian aggression on Ukraine represent one of the most dangerous moments for global security in decades. I am deeply concerned that world leaders are not united,” he added.

Ki-moon further noted that the travel and tourism sector can play a crucial role in uniting the world.

“The travel and tourism sector has a crucial role to play in ensuring cross-border collaboration, which will result in a peaceful and sustainable future, underpinned by justice, solidarity and prosperity,” Ki-moon added.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his speech to the World Summit, pointed to great efforts made during his tenure to support the sustainable development, emphasizing the active role of nations in paving the way for the signing the Paris Climate Agreement and mobilizing the efforts of world leaders to protect the environment and maintain climate balance.

‘No way’ of achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals, WTTC told.

There is “no way” the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the core of sustainability efforts across the world will be attained by 2030, former UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon told the World Travel & Tourism Council  summit in Riyadh.