UN Authority Figures

UN World Tourism Organization President;
UNWTO Commission for the Middle East Executive Council Vice-Chairman: Egypt

Security forces in Egypt mistakenly killed 12 people, including Mexican tourists, during an anti-terror operation. Photo: Wreckage where the tourists were killed by Egyptian security forces
Source: BBC News, September 14, 2015

Mission of the World Tourism Organization: "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." (World Tourism Organization website)

Egypt's Term of office: Executive Council member 2014-2017, (President 2016); UNWTO Commission for the Middle East Vice-Chairman 2015-2017

Egypt's Record on "competitiveness, sustainability, poverty reduction, capacity building":
"Other human rights problems included disappearances; ... a judiciary that in some cases appeared to arrive at outcomes not supported by publicly available evidence or that seemed to reflect political motivations; reports of political prisoners and detainees; restrictions on academic freedom;... official corruption; limits on civil society organizations... The Central Agency for Auditing and Accounting was the government's anticorruption body... In April the head of the agency, Hesham Genana, publicly criticized several government institutions, including police, intelligence agencies, and judiciary, for refusing to investigate cases of corruption he said he had uncovered... NGOs and local media reported sex tourism and the number of street children in Cairo and other metropolitan areas where children were sometimes sexually exploited remained high due to economic hardship... There were widespread reports of child abuse according to a 2011 survey... There were no effective government institutions dedicated to addressing child abuse..." (US State Department Country Report of Human Rights Practices in Egypt, 2014)