Case Studies

In one sense at least, the Copenhagen conference on climate change was a big success. The 13-day gathering in the Danish capital in December 2009 ended with an international accord that arguably fell well short of expectations in terms of a new...
Over 30,000 participants poured into Copenhagen from 192 countries all round the world in December 2009 for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Tens of thousands more, however, did not need to go there in person – or add thousands of...
Signing up to become climate neutral, and starting with a 'green' global conference, is like learning to swim by diving in the deep end. But that didn't deter the secretariat of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (...
Personal engagement at the top can be crucial in making an organization's policies, its staff behaviour and its whole ethos more sustainable. As Executive Coordinator of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) since February 2008, Flavia Pansieri has not...
When travel is by far your biggest cause of greenhouse gas emissions, how much can be cut? At the UNAIDS programme the Executive Director has committed to reducing travel by 25% over the next biennium across the whole organization – where it...
The United Nations is getting a grip on the greenhouse gases (GHG) it generates. In an unprecedented joint effort, the whole UN system has compiled an inventory of its annual emissions. The total – the equivalent of 1.7 million tonnes of carbon...
A lot of the UN's work is done through conferences, and they're obviously meant to have an impact. Their environmental impacts, on the other hand, are rightly under critical scrutiny. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has made it a...