About the Conference
The 2013 conference theme Moving towards a Sustainable Asia Pacific sets the tone for Asian leadership, reinforcing the need for strategic alliances and support within APEC economies to cooperatively advance sustainability goals. The conference serves as an international platform to explore the global scene for sustainable development and brings to focus the Balinese concept for achieving harmony and balance. Finally we focus on the implementation of sustainability in the tourism sector, which is a key driver for economic development, and reinforce the need for sustainable utilization of natural resources while enhancing the standard of living.
Sustainable Development – Key to Securing the Future
Asia has long been facing the intensifying challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, escalating scarcity of natural resources and growing urbanisation. There is a real danger of exhausting the current resources in our drive to meet the needs of the present, while compromising the ability of our future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable development goes to the heart of tackling a number of inter-related global issues such as poverty, inequality, hunger and environmental degradation.
Adopting the Concept of “Tri Hita Karana” as a Development Framework
Development that is sustainable and not destructive to the planet is achievable through adopting the “Tri Hita Karana” concept as a basic consideration for the development framework. The emphasis on the harmonious relationship between Man and Man, Man and Nature as well as Man and Creation, could be our guide for developing an ideal blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.
Special Focus on Sustainable Tourism
Tourism has been identified as one of the key economic drivers globally and one of Asia’s fastest growing industries. Its importance in economic development grows ever more apparent and the need to reinforce sustainability in the tourism industry has come to be an indispensable aspect of economic progress. The current development of tourism is unsustainable and needs to be transformed by taking full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, while addressing the needs of visitors, industry, environment and host communities (based on principles of Sustainable Tourism defined by the World Tourism Organization - UNWTO).
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Ms Sashirekka Rountan