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United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO): The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development.

UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world.

The Gambia is among the 155 members of the UNWTO and currently holds a seat in the executive council. It also holds the vice- presidency in the Africa Commission. The UNWTO also includes 6 Associate Members and over 400 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

Netherlands/Gambia Foundation (NGF)

The Netherlands/Gambia Foundation (NGF) was founded in 1995, with the aim of furthering quality tourism in the Gambia. In this light, it entered into a  Memorandum Of Understanding with Ministry of Tourism and Culture of the Gambia on the 1st of June, 2011, with the overall goal of furthering the already existing cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism and Culture through streamlining communication to achieve the objectives of joint projects which seek to advance quality tourism in The Gambia.

Africa Travel Association (ATA):

The Africa Travel Association (ATA) was established as an international travel industry trade association in 1975 to promote travel, tourism and transport to and within Africa, and to strengthen intra-Africa partnerships. ATA partners with the African Union Commission (AUC) to promote the sustainable development of tourism to and across Africa. ATA's annual events in Africa and the United States bring together industry and government leaders to shape Africa's tourism agenda.

As the world’s premier travel industry trade association promoting tourism to Africa, ATA provides services to a broad range of members including: African governments, their tourism ministers, tourism bureaus and boards, airlines, hoteliers, travel agents, cruise lines, hotels, resorts, front-line travel sellers and providers, tour operators, travel trade media, public relations firms, consulting companies, non-profit organizations, businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises, and other organizations engaged in tourism promotion.

Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) (formerly Organization of the Islamic Conference) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.

The present Charter of the Organization was adopted by the Eleventh Islamic Summit held in Dakar on 13-14 March 2008 which laid down the objectives and principles of the organization and fundamental purposes to strengthen the solidarity and cooperation among the Member States. Over the last 40 years, the membership has grown from its founding members of 25 to 57 states. The Organization has the singular honor to galvanize the Ummah into a unified body and have actively represented the Muslims by espousing all causes close to the hearts of over 1.5 billion Muslims of the world. The Organization has consultative and cooperative relations with the UN and other inter-governmental organizations to protect the vital interests of the Muslims and to work for the settlement of conflicts and disputes involving Member States. In safeguarding the true values of Islam and the Muslims, the organization has taken various steps to remove misperceptions and have strongly advocated elimination of discrimination against the Muslims in all forms and manifestations.

Enhance and develop science and technology and encourage research and cooperation among Member States in these fields. The Gambia will host the 8th session of the Islamic conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM) in December 2013.


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.

The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. Thus, UNESCO’s unique competencies in education, the sciences, culture and communication and information contribute towards the realization of those goals.

UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. ,

African Union (AU)

The African Union  is a union consisting of 54 African states. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. The AU was established on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa and launched on 9 July 2002 in South Africa to replace the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The most important decisions of the AU are made by the Assembly of the African Union, a semi-annual meeting of the heads of state and government of its member states. The AU's secretariat, the African Union Commission, is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The vision of the African Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena.” This vision of a new, forward-looking, dynamic and integrated Africa will be fully realized through relentless struggle on several fronts and as a long-term endeavor. One of the AU Organs is the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), an advisory organ composed of  different social and professional groups of the Member States of the Union. The  statutes determining the functions, powers, composition and organization of the  Economic, Social and Cultural Council have been prepared and will be submitted  to Maputo Summit.

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

The Economic Community of West African States is a regional group of fifteen West African countries. Founded on 28 May 1975, with the signing of the Treaty of Lagos, its mission is to promote economic integration across the region. Considered one of the pillars of the African Economic Community, the organization was founded in order to achieve "collective self-sufficiency" for its member states by creating a single large trading bloc through an economic and trading union. It also serves as a peacekeeping force in the region. The organization operates officially in three co-equal languages—French, English, and Portuguese. The ECOWAS consists of two institutions to implement policies—the ECOWAS Commission and the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development, formerly known as the Fund for Cooperation until it was renamed in 2001. A few members of the organization have come and gone over the years. In 1976 Cape Verde joined ECOWAS, and in December 2000 Mauritania withdrew, having announced its intention to do so in December 1999.

Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)

Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) were established by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in May 1979. ISESCO is one of the largest international Islamic organizations and specializes in the fields of education, science, and culture. Its headquarters are in Rabat, Morocco.

According to the ISESCO website, its objectives include strengthening and promoting and consolidating cooperation among Member States (OIC) in the fields of education, science, culture and communication, developing applied sciences and use of advanced technology within the framework of Islamic values and ideals, consolidating understanding among Muslim peoples, and contributing to the achievement of world peace and security, particularly through education, science, culture and communication.


African World Heritage Fund (AWHF):

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) is an inter-governmental organization which was launched in 2006. Its mission is to support the effective conservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage of outstanding universal value in Africa. The AWHF was initiated by the African Members States of UNESCO and the African Union, with the aim to develop a strategy to deal with the challenges that many African countries meet in implementing the 1972 World Heritage Convention.


West African Museum Programme (WAMP)

WAMP is a non-governmental organization who exists to stimulate the development of museums in 15 West African countries. WAMP's mission is to contribute to the development of museums in West Africa by strengthening their capacity, developing a network of museums professionals beyond linguistic and geographical barriers. WAMP organizes seminars and workshops, and foster cooperation among African museum as well as link with the international professional network.
WAMP's goal is to act as a driving force for the development of museums in West Africa by:

1.Developing Human Resource
2.Developing best professional practice in the field of museums
Mission and Objectives:
As a Professional Organization, its main objectives are :
- to stimulate the development of public and private museums in West Africa
- to promote good professional practice
- to help reinforce the network of museum professionals within West Africa and links with international professional network in the rest of the world
- to promote good professional museum practice
- to help museums be responsive to the problems and the needs of their societies
WAMP acts as a consultancy agency:
· organizes seminars and workshops
· publishes a periodical (WAMP Bulletin)
· publishes proceedings, technical publications, etc
· provides technical assistance and in some circumstances, financial support for institutional programme
· stimulates the development of training programmes and training sessions for museums personnel.


International Centre for the Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM): ICCROM is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage. Its members are individual states which have declared their adhesion to it. It exists to serve the international community as represented by its Member States, which currently number 132. It is the only institution of its kind with a worldwide mandate to promote the conservation of all types of cultural heritage, both movable and immovable. ICCROM aims at improving the quality of conservation practice as well as raising awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage. It contributes to preserving cultural heritage in the world today and for the future through five main areas of activity:

1.Training:  ICCROM contributes to conservation training by developing new educational tools and materials, and organizing professional training activities around the world. Since 1966, ICCROM's courses have involved over 4,000 professionals.

2.Information: It  has one of the world's leading conservation libraries. The catalogue contains over 89,000 entries relating to books, reports and specialized journals in more than 40 languages. ICCROM also has a collection of over 17,000 images. In addition, this website offers comprehensive information on international events and training opportunities in the field of conservation-restoration.

3.Research: It organizes and coordinates meetings to devise common approaches and methodologies and to promote the definition of internationally agreed ethics, criteria and technical standards for conservation practice. The ICCROM Laboratory is both a resource and reference point for conservation experts.

4.Cooperation:  All ICCROM activities involve institutional and professional partners. Cooperation is provided in the form of technical advice, collaborative visits, and education and training.

5.Advocacy:  ICCROM disseminates teaching materials and organizes workshops and other activities to raise public awareness and support for


Prince Claus Fund for Culture (Netherlands): Based on the principle culture is a basic need, the Prince Claus fund’s mission is to actively seek cultural collaborations founded on equality and trust, with partners of excellence, in spaces where resources and opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and research are limited and cultural heritage is threatened.

The Prince Claus Fund is based in Amsterdam and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Postcode Lottery.

The Prince Claus Fund supports artists, cultural organization and critical thinkers in spaces where freedom of expression is restricted by conflict, poverty, repression, marginalization or taboos. Since 1996, the Fund has supported more than 2500 cultural initiatives, granted Prince Claus Awards to 184 outstanding cultural achievers and proved first aid to cultural heritage in over 160 emergencies.



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