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First International University Forum 

The Value of Human Rights on the Camino de Santiago: Harnessing the power of tourism to promote cross-cultural dialogue and achieve the SDGs 


The First International University Forum: "The Value of Human Rights on the Camino de Santiago: Harnessing the power of tourism to promote cross-cultural dialogue and achieve the SDGs" will be a space for reflection on human rights, sustainable development objectives and sustainable tourism. This forum is organised by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) and Helsinki España - Human Dimension.


Visit the official page of the First International University Forum at the website of the UNWTO. 



Honorary Committee 



HM King Felipe VI of Spain.

HM Queen Letizia of Spain.



Hon. Mr. Alberto Núñez Feijoo, President of the Regional Government of Galicia.

HRH Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein.

Mr. Juan Viaño Rey, Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Mr. Marcelino Oreja Aguirre, 1st Marquis of Oreja, Former Secretary-General of of the Council of Europe.

Ms. Silvia Escobar, Former Spanish Ambassador for Human Rights.

Ms. Isabel Perez Dobarro, Pianist and Member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.




The pilgrims of the First International University Forum will cover the journey in three stages:





o Increment the knowledge and awareness of young people regarding Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through the spirit of the Camino de Santiago.

o Promote the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in its key areas: inclusive economic growth, employment and poverty reduction, resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change, cultural values, diversity and heritage, mutual understanding, peace and security.

o Increase the commitment of participating universities to work towards knowledge and application of the SDGs until 2030.


o Foster international cultural exchange, sustainable tourism and solidarity through mutual knowledge and volunteerism, promoting social inclusion, environmental protection and the reduction of poverty and social exclusion.




The organising committee has selected 19 universities and institutions from Europe, America and Africa to complete the first two stages of the First International University Forum. 

  • Adam Mickiewicz University. Poland.
  • University of Lima. Peru.
  • University of Coruña. Spain.
  • University of Monterrey. Mexico.
  • University Jaume I. Spain.
  • University of Vigo - IESIDE Business Institute. Spain.
  • University of Minho. Portugal.
  • Ahfad University for Women. Sudan.
  • University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne. France.
  • University of Santiago de Compostela. Spain.
  • Complutense University of Madrid. Spain.
  • Hospitality Business School Saxion. The Netherlands.
  • University of Donja Gorica. Montenegro.
  • Copenhagen Business School. Denmark.
  • Fordham University. United States of America.
  • Catholic University of Leuven. Belgium.
  • Oklahoma University. United States of America.
  • Tulsa Community College. United States of America.
  • European Institute of Cultural Routes, Council of Europe. Luxembourg


80 students and 23 professors will participate in the online training and walk the Camino de Santiago. On the 23rd March, 21 recpresentatives of these universities will join them at the First International University Forum to sign the Declaration of Rectors "Caminos de Santiago in favour of Human Rights and SDGs" in Santiago de Compostela.





Turism Galicia, Xunta of Galicia

University of Santiago de Compostela

Deputacion of Pontevedra

Gas Natural Fenosa



Xunta of Galicia

Deputacion of Lugo



Parliament of Galicia



Consorcio of Santiago de Compostela

Tysgal - territorio y sostenibilidad

Correos y Telégrafos

Cátedra del Camino de Santiago y las Peregrinaciones

Erasmus Compostela





Find here the documents related to the international university project ‘The Value of human rights on the Camino de Santiago: harnessing the power of tourism to promote cross-cultural dialogue and achieve the sustainable development goals’. 


Articles on our website about the project

  • The UNWTO includes the university forum ‘The value of Human Rights on the Camino de Santiago’ in its action plan 2018. Read it
  • The Compostela Group of Universities continues its journey towards the celebration of the “First International University Forum: The Value of Human Rights on the Camino de Santiago”. Learn more
  • More than 100 international students participate in the university project ‘The value of Human Rights on the Camino de Santiago’. Read it
  • Twenty universities and international institutions undertake to foster intercultural dialogue and sustainable tourism. Learn more