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UN Foundation appoints Peter DeBrine to lead World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism

Washington, DC —   January 28, 2010

The United Nations Foundation, a public charity that helps the UN solve global problems, announced today the appointment of Peter DeBrine and to lead one of its cornerstone conservation initiatives, the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (WHA).  Mr. DeBrine’s appointment strengthens the UN Foundation’s ongoing commitment to help the UN protect our natural and cultural heritage through sustainable tourism.

 “Each of us has a role to play in protecting our planet’s biodiversity and supporting local communities to better steward and sustainably use their natural resources,” says Kathy Calvin, Chief Executive Officer of the UN Foundation.  “We are delighted that Peter DeBrine will continue to build on the UN Foundation’s investment in sustainable tourism and World Heritage conservation.”

Mr. DeBrine joins the UN Foundation as the Executive Director of the WHA—a global community of travelers, members of the travel industry, government groups, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations who work to preserve and protect World Heritage sites while supporting local communities.  

With extensive experience in sustainable development and tourism, Mr. DeBrine most recently held the position of Deputy Director of the International Tourism Partnership for the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum where he worked with major hotel companies to create practical sustainability strategies and tools for the tourism industry.  Previously, Mr. DeBrine worked as a Forestry Officer for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization where he helped shape an international partnership for sustainable development in mountain regions. This builds on his many years as an environmental campaigner for WWF working on climate change, endangered species and sustainable tourism issues both in the US and Europe. Mr. DeBrine holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.  

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities.  We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach.  Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems.  The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes.  For more information, visit

About the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism
The World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism is an industry-leading initiative that works to support World Heritage conservation, sustainable tourism, and local economic development for communities in and around UNESCO World Heritage sites. The UN Foundation and Expedia, Inc. created the World Heritage Alliance in the fall of 2005 with the agreement of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. For more information, visit

Press Contact:
Shawn Parell, United Nations Foundation