Omar Moufakkir Stenden University The Netherlands (31)58244-1301 omar.moufakkir@st en den.com. University. Tourism and Peace Myths, Realities & Progress. UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 217A (III) of 10 December 1948.
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Tourism and Peace
Myths, Realities & Progress
25 1 Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
252 Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
26 1 Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.
Based on enrolment data, about 72 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not in school in 2005; 57 per cent of them were girls.
Worldwide 121 million children out of education.
Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
According to UNICEF, 25,000 children die each day due to poverty.
1.2 billion people live on less than $1 a day
2.5 billion live on less than $2 a day
1.3 billion do not have access to clean water
In US poverty rates in 2007 was 12.5%
non-Hispanic Whites (8.2%)
Asians (10.2 %)
In 2005, the wealthiest 20% of the world accounted for 76.6% of total private consumption. The poorest fifth just 1.5%:
No planet can survive half slave, half free, half engulfed in misery, half careening along the joys of an almost unlimited consumption –neither ecology, or our morality could survive such contrasts.
Lester B. Pearson, UN General Assembly President
The right to development is the measure of the respect of all other human rights. That should be our aim: a situation in which all individuals are enabled to maximize their potential, and to contribute to the evolution of society as a whole. Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General
No world can claim to be developed as long as there is a world somewhere in this World that is underdeveloped.
Tourism - The World's Peace IndustryLouis D'Amore, 1988
Tourism: The World's Peace Industry?
Stephen W. Litvin, 1998
• In 2007, international tourism receipts in developing
countries grew to 30% of the world total
• Principal export sector in one third of the developing countries
• First source of foreign exchange earnings in most of the 49
LDC’s (excluding oil)
Tourism contributes to development and poverty reduction (WTO)
•Developing countries have valuable tourism resources and the
We discovered that peace at any price is no peace at all. We discovered that life at any price has no value whatever; that life is nothing without the privileges, the prides, the rights, the joys which make it worth living, and also worth giving. And we also discovered that there is something more hideous, more atrocious than war or than death; and that is to live in fear. Eve Curie, French author, speaking to the American Booksellers Association, New York, 9 April 1940
There is more to peace than money
There is more to tourism than money
What is Peace in our globalised world?
“tourism represents a vital force for peace and a factor of friendship and understanding among the peoples of the world”.
The Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
Peace is a never-ending story
Hierarchy of Peace
Peace is reverence for life. Peace is the most precious possession of humanity. Peace is more than the end of armed conflict. Peace is a mode of behavior. Peace is a deep-rooted commitment to the principles of liberty, justice, equality and solidarity among all human beings. Peace is also a harmonious partnership of humankind with the environment. Today, on the eve of the twenty-first century, peace is within our reach.
If there is to be peace in the world,
there must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
there must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
there must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
there must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
there must be peace in the heart.
by Lao-Tse, 604 BC
(from Tao Te Ching)
Peace - the word evokes the simplest and most cherished dream of humanity. Peace is, and has always been, the ultimate human aspiration. And yet our history overwhelmingly shows that while we speak incessantly of peace, our actions tell a very different story.
Javier Perez de Cuellar
Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final
deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions.
Oscar Arias, Former President of Costa Rica and 1987 Nobel Peace Laureate
Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed
(Constitution of UNESCO, 1945, Preamble)
We need to teach for peace and not just about peace
Offering advanced solutions to mutual challenges and development of activities to strengthen economies and peaceful advancement in the region.
Working toward facilitating border crossings and obtaining freedom of movement of tourists and tourism professionals in the area, through lobbying and conducting meetings with relevant authorities in the region.
Rafi Baeri, VP Marketing and Sales Dan Hotels Corp. (Israel)
Raed S. Saadeh, President, Arab (Palestinian) Hotel Association
Elhamy ElZayat, Chairman and CEO EMECO Travel (Egypt)
Chairman of the Board, Jordan Hotel Association
“No borders, no boundaries, no animosity; just beautiful cultural experiences”
“Tourism has no borders”
“The most important thing about peace is hope”
“Tourism is key to improving relations with other”
Executive Director, Israel Hotel Managers Association (Israel)
Klaas Wybo van der Hoek, Vice President
Stenden University (Netherlands)
“It is very appropriate that the forum begin its conference in an area known for its commitment to peace with the well known The Hague Peace conference beginnings in the 1890s”
“Tourism is hospitality, welcoming strangers, getting to know people, developing friendships”
We will work towards building bridges out of the walls that keep us apart
“I heard the bad Turks are here and the good ones are over there”
I think the bad Moroccans are here and the worst ones are over there!!
The main aim is to provide a peer-reviewed forum for the study and discussion of tourism and peace issues in tourism and tourism-related areas of leisure, recreation and hospitality studies
· Journey with an open mind and gentle heart · Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter · Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life · Appreciate all cultures I discover · Respect and thank my host for their welcome · Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet · Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and · By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in
Our peacelessness is multifaceted
There is no such thing as peace through tourism per se. Undoubtedly, tourism can be a vehicle for peace, but education for peace starts at home. Our peacelessness is the result of inequality in the world. This inequality is a result of ignorance, greed and failed policies. Thinking about peacelessness is what takes us further away from the animal kingdom. Accepting this peacelessness is what brings us closer to animals. Surely, there is the animal in the human, but which of these is closer to humanity remains to be explained.
Places of Peace
Peace through Tourism
Circle of peacelessness and peace through tourism
Education for peace
T tourism ethics
Today, the question is not whether tourism is good or bad; whether it is a generator of peace or simply the beneficiary ofpeace
Today, the question is: How can we use tourism to benefit the multifaceted nature of peace?
Thank YouMay tourism and education for peace be with you.