On October 16, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the Second Committee deliberations of the Seventy-third Session of the General Assembly on Agenda Item 20, dedicated to the theme of “Sustainable Development.”
In his statement, Archbishop Auza said that more than profit motives are necessary hold together the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. There must be a vision of the inherent dignity of each person and of integral human development, something that statistical indicators cannot achieve on their own, he said. He spoke about the importance of tourism not only in terms of the economic and material benefits it brings to countries being visited but of the mutually enriching encounter between travelers and hosts, something that is endangered by the phenomenon of enclosed tourist areas.
The statement can be found here.