WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

      

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM  AWARD

WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is a tool for WORLD DEVELOPMENT

 

Starting from 1st of January 2016, according to the Executive Decision of European Council on Tourism and Trade President the methodology for awarding WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM had being subsequently changed as to include the compliance to SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.

WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM become`s a tool for WORLD DEVELOPMENT and an intricate part of international efforts to implement SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDG).

The changes are as fallow`s:


First phase: SDG Proposal Plan


The candidates city administration for World Capital of Culture and Tourism status will have to create a working paper outlining the sustainable development goals to be achieved after receiving the status, the financial support destined to obtain the achievements of SDG in the city and the main focus of activities such as: job creation, economic grants for tourism activities, measures for inclusion of social categories in the development plans.

The SDG Proposal plan for candidate city/region will have to be submitted and signed by the top executive official of the World Capital of Culture and Tourism city or region candidate. 


Second phase: Implementation


 After awarding the title of World Capital of Culture and Tourism for the candidate city/region a joint commission from European Council on Tourism and Trade and the highest executives of the city/region awarded World Capital of Culture and Tourism status will be set up in order to supervise the implementation of the candidature file and the existence on regional and national level of necessary financial and political support. 


Third and final phase: Supervision


After one year, the joint commission from European Council on Tourism and Trade and the highest executives of the city/region awarded World Capital of Culture and Tourism status will evaluate the SDG commitments, the future plans and will make recommendation in order to foster inclusive and sustainable development in the region/city in question.

Sustainable Development Goals 

WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM  is the highest honor in tourism and cultural tourism awarded to  cities and regions. 


MAIN PRINCIPLES REGARDING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM DESIGNATION


The international community is at work articulating a landmark new global development framework that revolves around sustainability, a key element of which are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted last month by the U. N. General Assembly.


Peoples of Ethiopia celebrating their country rich legacy publicized by European Council on Tourism and Trade.


This component calls for making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage. cultural heritage and the historic quarters of cities can improve the livability as well as sustainability of urban areas. For instance, the walkability and compactness of urban areas are traditionally enhanced in dense historic cities.


From another angle, the adaptive re-use of existing structures, including buildings, historic urban districts and towns, can be particularly resource efficient. Mixed-use and multi-use structures and spaces are often an integral aspect of historic towns and districts. Further, traditional building technologies and materials may still be available and relevant, and may offer low-energy, regionally appropriate examples of human adaptability.



Likewise, indigenous science and local traditional knowledge and practices for ecosystem management, including those for disaster risk reduction and response, have contributed to environmental sustainability and are important wellsprings of modern resilience. Local and traditional practices of providing basic infrastructural services can be a valuable resource for promoting urban sustainability, including traditional movement and transport routes on land and water.


Occupations related to cultural heritage, cultural practices and creativity can also provide a valuable source of income, dignity and livelihood. Culture-based livelihoods have the potential for small and micro-entrepreneurship that empowers local communities and can contribute substantially to poverty alleviationTraditional settlements, with their lasting cultural identity and socio-economic traditions, raise the awareness and pride of citizens in local history and culture, no matter where they originate or how they may be adapted. The mix of public and private spaces found in traditional settlements engenders social cohesiveness and interaction by providing common spaces in which diverse groups can interact.


By nature, historic cities are often functionally and socially mixed, supporting a wide range of complementary activities and embodying multiple cultural values. Historic cities were vibrant, convivial and inspiring, and many have proved to be supremely adaptable to incremental and harmonious change. And interestingly, people are typically at the heart of the best heritage conservation policies and projects, placing an emphasis on ownership of heritage that can strengthen the social fabric and enhance social well-being.


Historic parks and plazas in historic parts of town are often built around traditional public spaces. Alternately, new public spaces can be created adjacent to historic monuments. Such examples provide important opportunities for continuity of use and significance while supporting new ones. 

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