The Value of Human Rights on the Camino de Santiago: harnessing the power of tourism to promote cross-cultural dialogue and achieve the SDGs

Date

1 January 2018 - 23 March 2018

Spain

The UNWTO International Forum The Value of Human Rights on the Camino de Santiago: harnessing the power of tourism of tourism to promote cross-cultural dialogue and achieve the SDGs is a project for university students to study and analyze tourism and the human rights and their reflection in the Camino de Santiago as vital elements that shape the global identity and culture, as well as the relation between tourism, the Camino de Santiago and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, the project will incorporate the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics as a guiding principle. The forum achieves the international commitment of the participating universities to work continuously and tirelessly towards the fulfillment of the SDGs and the achievement of sustainable tourism practices. It is a platform for benchmarking tourism on cultural routes, exchanging best practices, learn from each other and gather knowledge that can later be applied to other cultural routes worldwide. 

Background

2017 saw the celebration of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of Santiago de Compostela as the first European cultural route by the Council of Europe and the historic approval of the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics. Furthermore; 2018 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This provides the project with the opportune moment to acknowledge and recognize the importance of sustainable and responsible tourism and cross-cultural values, as well as human rights, and their reflection in the widely appreciated cultural route of Santiago.

The project consists of four phases:

1. E-learning: The students participate in virtual study and debate on several principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the SDGs, and the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics, as they relate to and impact the Camino de Santiago. They analyze the possibilities of sustainable tourism development for the Camino de Santiago that align with tourism ethics and responsibility. The students carry out a theoretical analysis of the tourism situation along the route and become familiar with the existing tourism offers.

2. Tourism product: Following the analyses and study, the students carry out practical work to identify good practices and improve the tourism offers on the Camino de Santiago seeking environmental, cultural and local economic development. They propose practical tourism products, inspired by the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics with a focus on development, whose viability is verified on the route in the following phase.

3. Camino de Santiago: The students walk one of five stretches along the Camino de Santiago and carry out on-site research during their trip by comparing previous theoretical analysis with the actual tourism situation of the route. This enables students to establish whether or not their tourism products are feasible and allow them to update the products accordingly to adjust to the reality of the route or develop new examples of sustainable tourism products that can foster local development on the route.

4. International Forum: The day after completing the route, the International Forum will be held in Santiago de Compostela where the conclusions of the project will be discussed and the Declaration of Rectors: the Camino de Santiago in favor of Human Rights, SDGs, tourism as force for good and the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics will be signed. Furthermore, a plan for the continued commitment of the universities, professors and students work towards achieving the SDGs will be established. 

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