UNWTO and MSC Foundation envision net-zero future on World Ocean Day

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UNWTO and MSC Foundation envision net-zero future on World Ocean DayHigh-level discussions focused on the critical interplay of tourism and oceanic sustainability

To mark the official naming of the MSC Euribia ship, MSC's most energy-efficient to date, international leaders from the worlds of science, policymaking, and business explored new paths to responsible consumption and production in tourism as a key strategy for transitioning to a regenerative, carbon-neutral, and circular blue economy.

UN and Private Sector: Together for Ocean Action
The expert panel discussion, organized by the MSC Foundation and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to explore the subject of "Tourism Ocean Action for a Net Zero Future", featured contributions from leaders from across the public and private sectors.

Opening the event were UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, Ambassador Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, and UNWTO Executive Director Zoritsa Urosevic
Representing the private sector were tourism and travel professionals from the USA and Europe, including Pierfrancesco Vago, Chair of the MSC Foundation Executive Committee and Executive Chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, and world-renowned explorer Mr. Mike Horn.
Also contributing were keynote speaker Amy Meek, Co-founder of Kids Against Plastic, Carl Gustaf Lundin, Senior Adviser at Mission Blue and an MSC Foundation Advisory Board Member, and Frédéric Degret, Chief Executive Officer of NOAH Regen and UNWTO Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Ocean and Climate Action.
Mapping the Route to Sustainability
With coastal and maritime tourism accounting for at least 50% of global tourism, according to the Ocean Panel, and 40% of all related export value, the high-level discussions focused on the critical interplay of tourism and oceanic sustainability.

Strategies outlined for achieving this centered on investing in the protection and regeneration of blue carbon ecosystems and nature-based solutions that maximize their ability to draw down carbon, while simultaneously advancing the decarbonization of tourism operations and enhancing the resilience of local communities.
Policymakers and business leaders shared insightful policies, strategies and solutions to accelerate tourism ocean action. These included the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, the Global Roadmap for Food Waste Reduction in Tourism, and the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism, all building momentum towards a Blue COP 28.
A Shared Vision for Tourism Ocean Action
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: "Finding the right balance between tourism operations and the health of our planet has never been more important. Coastal and cruise tourism has a critical role to play in the global economy.

At the same time, coastal and cruise tourism has a key role to play in the protection of our oceans. This is why the UNWTO is working with partners like MSC to advance Climate Action."

Pierfrancesco Vago, Chair of the MSC Foundation Executive Committee and Executive Chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group said:  "Our partnership with UNWTO, exemplified in the 'Tourism Ocean Action for a Net Zero Future' panel, is crucial in our shared vision for responsible tourism. MSC Euribia, the most energy-efficient ship yet, symbolizes this commitment. We are confident that we will exceed the International Maritime Organization's 40% carbon intensity reduction goal before the 2030 deadline, and are actively working towards achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050."

MSC Foundation Executive Director Daniela Picco added "The path to sustainability can only be a journey traveled together in dialogue and concerted action. So I would like to thank UNWTO for their valued partnership in making this event possible."

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