Travel is intrinsically linked to the way the UN implements its mandates. It allows experts to support countries, people to meet and exchange or develop news ideas. It brings support, food, medicines and equipment to areas that are deprived. It is at the core of our work.
As with many other tools for the delivery of United Nations system mandates, however, travel can and should be made more efficient. Agencies, funds and programmes need to be able to deliver more with less travel.
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Travel is responsible for approximately 50% of the United Nations’ climate footprint and represents a major cost to UN - over 1 US$ billion per year for the collective UN family. At the same time, travel is an essential means by which the UN delivers its mandate, and often cannot be avoided. This report seeks to provide guidance on what UN organizations can do to improve the sustainability of their travel. It provides background on existing systems and examples of best practice. Two approaches to reducing emissions are discussed in detail: Travel Less, and Travel More Efficiently.
Inter-Agency Travel Network
The Inter-Agency Travel Network (IATN) reviews how sustainable travel can be supported through information exchange on best practices, standard requirements on travel agents, and possibly revision of existing travel regulations.