The impact of Covid-19 pandemic on cities and communities has been immense and has deepened structural inequalities, highlighting delocalised and unsustainable production and consumption models, as pointed out by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Decalogue.

The Towards a Future Tourism Strategy: Economic Recovery Tool for a Sustainable World Beyond the Pandemic meeting aimed to gather experts and actors of the sector to discuss strategies, collaborations and priorities on the vision of Tourism of the Future. Organised by both the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities (UCCI) and UCLG and held on Tuesday, 13 April, this opportunity contributed with new inputs towards a new strategy for both the Ibero-American Strategy for Future Tourism (EIT) and the Pact for the Future, keeping as main priorities an equitable access to public service, the renewal of the multilateral systems and a new approach to sustainable tourism.

The session aimed to engage city governments and stakeholders to collectively discuss recovery focusing as much on social cohesion as economic recovery. In this frame, multilateral system and sustainable tourism were addressed as key points to putting communities at the centre of decisions that directly affect them. Among other cities experts and professionals, Jyoti Hosagrahar, Deputy Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, took part in the High-Level Dialogue speaking on World Heritage cities and sustainable urban development in the context of post-pandemic recovery, with particular attention to the UNESCO 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape. The main objective of the meeting concerned the implementation of sustainable practices to ensure that recovery is done with the good of the planet in mind.

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