Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

HQ: Geneva, Switzerland

Focal Point: Susan Bolvenkel-Prior


Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions


Key Figures: Waste


Key Figures: Water


Executive Director’s message


“Addressing climate change is a priority for UNAIDS not only in the way we operate but also in increasing our understanding of the implications climate change has on the AIDS epidemic and our response to it. Just as the AIDS response requires all partners from governments to civil society and the private sector to work together – so must we work together to reach goals in addressing climate change.”

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/(UNAIDS)




The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.


Experience so far


The UNAIDS Secretariat has successfully collected data from field offices to complete its 9th annual GHG inventory.


EMS and Reduction efforts


The UNAIDS Secretariat adopted its second Emissions Reduction Strategy in 2016. The focus of the strategy is to sensitize staff to the consequences of both business and personal decisions on the environment and sustainability.




Since 2012 the Secretariat has annually offset 100% of its unavoidable emissions associated with travel and facilities operations for all UNAIDS country offices and HQ and will be offsetting 100% all remaining emissions for 2017.  


Waste management


UNAIDS will be working with its building facilities company in HQ to improve data reporting and sorting to produce data which is more compatible with UN reporting requirements.


Water Management


UNAIDS will be working with its building facilities company in HQ to reduce water consumption.


Next steps


Reduction of the use of plastic bottles and containers for HQ meetings by with water carafes. Removing plastic take-away containers with reusable containers.

Centralizing waste collection in offices which will: improve waste sorting, sensitize staff to waste issues and reduce the amount of plastic waste bags.

Continuing our Meat Free and Fish Free days in the HQ restaurant to raise awareness of the environmental impact of food choices.


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