Quoting Benjamin Franklin at the ITB 2030 SDG Countdown Forum, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), called for a new look at the Silos in the Travel & Tourism sector. He congratulated ECOTRANS and its members for 25 years of committed focus on sustainability and pledged the support of ICTP to a closer collaboration around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Lipman also commented in his capacity as co-founder of SUNx (Strong Universal Network) – a Climate Resilience program for the sector – noting that “Unless we fix the Climate Change SDG (13) it will fix us” and lambasting the Trump administration’s “isolated and incomprehensible retreat from for the universally-agreed Paris Climate Accord.”

He concluded by reflecting on the vision of his mentor Maurice Strong, who inspired the world to embrace sustainable development over half a century ago, arguing that we need to focus on the eXistential nature of Climate Change. Lipman urged the broader Travel & Tourism community to bake the Paris Climate targets into every initiative “to stop our grandkids from freezing or frying.”

The 2015 Paris Accords and SDGs launched a 3-decade, low-carbon transformation, recognizing “Climate Change is existential.” This is the rationale for SUN x – the Strong Universal Network. Under the initial guidance of our friend and mentor, the late Maurice Strong – sustainable development pioneer – we are creating an eXchange for learning, innovation, and resilience through Impact-Travel – measured: green: 2050 proof – with a growing cadre of graduate-climate champions, supported by Maurice Strong Legacy Scholarships (Geoffrey Lipman & Felix Dodds, Co-founders).