The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is  the United Nations specialized agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism that unites 156 member countries. More than 500 Affiliate Members represent private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

In Russia, the following organizations are affiliated members of the UNWTO:

  •  Federal Agency for tourism under the Ministry of economic development of the Russian Federation (Rostourism)
  • Russian State University of tourism and service (RGUTIS)
  • Peoples ‘ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN)
  • Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation

NOSU became an affiliated member of the UNWTO: link

North Ossetian state University delegations participates in the 23rd General Assembly of the UNWTO: link


1) UNWTO Academy

  •  certification of existing educational programs
  •  access to the UNWTO e-library
  •  realization of joint master’s degree programs (link)

2) Silk Road Initiative – a program aimed at development of regional tourism in countries of Silk Road and protection of natural and cultural heritage: link