Sustainable development means meeting the needs of today (food, shelter, employment, etc.) without compromising the ability of future generations from also meeting those same needs.
We believe in the power of individuals, the private sector, local actors, governments and others to support the United Nations’ leadership in conserving the wonders of the natural world toward promoting sustainable development. Our programs have helped local communities develop sustainable livelihoods around some of our world's most treasured World Heritage sites—including Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands and Mexico’s Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.
Our sustainable development priorities have included:
PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
We have worked with the travel industry to support conservation, sustainable tourism, and economic growth for communities in and around World Heritage sites. Find out more about how we've educated constituencies about best practices and ensured that others have the resources to follow our model. Read more.
COMMUNITY BASED ENTERPRISES
The communities in and around World Heritage sites are integral to preserving and protecting the sites. We have helped locally-owned businesses operate sustainably to protect World Heritage. Read more.
PROMOTING MARKET ACCESS
We have worked with businesses, industry, and others to promote the supply and demand for sustainable, locally produced goods and services (biotrade). Read more.