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She is responsible for coordinating the work of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, a subsidiary body of the UNWTO General Assembly whose main functions include the promotion and monitoring of the implementation of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism by both governments and businesses. Adopted in 1999 by the UNWTO General Assembly and endorsed in 2001 by the United Nations, the UNWTO Code of Ethics is a roadmap to promote responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism worldwide.
Marina is also in charge of social dossiers related to tourism, including accessibility for persons with disabilities and specific access requirements; human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, the protection of children, and corporate social responsibility.
Marina has held various posts within UNWTO in the quality of tourism development, statistics and technical cooperation departments since she joined the Organization in 1984.
Marina holds a B.A. degree in Political Sciences and International Relations from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and a M.A. degree in International Law (specialized in Aviation and Maritime Law) from the Free University of Brussels. She has received professional training at the European Commission (EC) in Brussels (Liaison Office with the European Parliament and the Economic and Social Committee).