Russia withdraws from UN tourism body: UNWTO
Russia has announced its intention to withdraw from UNWTO "effective immediately".
Russia is withdrawing from the United Nation's tourism body, the UNWTO said Wednesday ahead of a vote by its executive council to suspend Moscow's membership over its operation in Ukraine.
"Russia has announced its intention to withdraw from UNWTO," the organization said in a tweet, adding that Russia's suspension "is effective immediately."
🔴At the first UNWTO Extraordinary General Assembly, Russia has announced its intention to withdraw from UNWTO.— World Tourism Organization (@UNWTO) April 27, 2022
It must follow due process – and this will take a year to complete upon receipt of the official communications through the appropriate channels.
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Possible suspension of Russian UNWTO membership may become dangerous precedent: UN
Earlier, the potential suspension of Russia's membership in the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) might set a bad precedent, according to UN Secretary-General Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has just resolved to conduct an extraordinary meeting of its general assembly to explore the possibility of suspending Russia's membership due to the military operation in Ukraine.
"As you know the Secretary-General has no role or authority over the UN World Tourism Organization, which is a specialized agency of the UN system. However, it is his belief that this could set a detrimental precedent to the functioning of the multilateral system," Dujarric said.