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Wed 31/03/10
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...
Wed 31/03/10
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 (...
Wed 31/03/10
Videoconferencing is becoming a key resource in the drive to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where a climate neutral initiative has set the goal of a 20% cut in emissions by 2020...
Wed 31/03/10
You can hardly fail to notice the Green Boards at the Bangkok headquarters of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). There's one at the main entrance, another in the lobby by the lifts, and others in...
Wed 31/03/10
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...
Wed 31/03/10
WFP's Armenia office had a dilemma; their ageing, inefficient air conditioning system needed replacing. On offer were a cheap unit that uses the coolant Freon, which causes holes in the Ozone layer of the Earth's atmosphere, or a more expensive unit...
Wed 31/03/10
As part of IFAD’s greening efforts, the Administrative Services Division has initiated various activities, such as reducing plastic and paper consumption, enhancing waste management, carpooling and a monthly IFAD Bike to work day (in collaboration...
Wed 31/03/10
Environmental issues such as competition for dwindling or lucrative resources often lie at the heart of conflict. Conflict in turn can devastate habitats, making recovery to sustainable peace a hard road. Recently, peacekeeping mandates have begun...
Wed 31/03/10
Over the last two years power outages in Eritrea have been very erratic, thus adversely affecting the operations of the UN system in Eritrea. Though some UN agencies own standby generators, this has not helped to alleviate the problem. The reason is...
Wed 31/03/10
The United Nations system in China teamed up with China Bicycle Association (CBA) and other partners to promote an environmentally-friendly transport mode with a cycling event around the Sanlitun area in Beijing today. During the event, Giant...
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