UNWTO Draft Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics

Content of the Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics

The Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics has been built around the nine core principles of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. In order to frame these principles in the classical structure of an international treaty, several provisions have been adapted.

o   The Preamble of the text is inspired by that of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, although updated to the current international context and purpose of the proposed Convention.

o   Part I of the Convention includes the General Provisions which contextualise the text by outlining the key terminology, the aim and scope of the provisions of the Convention as well as the means of implementation. 

o   Part II is dedicated to the Ethical Principles in Tourism which constitute the backbone of the Convention.

o   Part III on the World Committee on Tourism Ethics refers to the mandate, composition and functioning of this subsidiary organ of the UNWTO General Assembly in the context of the Convention.

o   The two final sections of the Convention contain standard provisions of international treaties, namely Part IV addresses the Conference of States Parties and Part V features the Final Provisions regulating procedures for signature, ratification, acceptance, approval and accession.

o   The Optional Protocol annexed to the Convention is a separate instrument that States Parties to the Convention can decide to ratify or not; it consists of a voluntary conciliation mechanism concerning the interpretation or application of the Convention.


Next steps

Following the third meeting of the Working Group, held on 12-13 May, the revised draft text of the Convention has been circulated to all UNWTO Member States and submitted to the 22nd General Assembly of the UNWTO (Chengdu, China, September 2017) for examination and possible adoption.

Member States are invited to submit written comments and amendments to the text by 14 August 2017 for the Working Group Members to study prior to the General Assembly.

The Special Guidelines prepared for this purpose indicate that amendments should be concise and clearly specify the article and paragraph they refer to as well as the proposed action, including any alternative text. Except when an amendment is self-explanatory, it may be accompanied by a note of not more than 50 words to facilitate better understanding or clarify the scope of the amendment.

Against this backdrop, the next virtual meeting of the Working Group will take place on 24 August 2017.