Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

www.unaids.org

HQ: Geneva, Switzerland

Focal Point: Susan Bolvenkel-Prior
 


Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions
 

 

Key Figures: Waste

 
 

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)

 

Mission

 

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

 

UNAIDS Secretariat has successfully collected data from 87 offices for its 2016 inventory. This is the Secretariat’s 8th annual inventory submission.

 

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.

Reduction achievements

Between 2010 and 2013 the UNAIDS Secretariat achieved a 14% reduction in GHG emissions related to its travel and facilities operations.  The Secretariat has offset the remaining GHG emissions for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014, thereby becoming “climate neutral” for operations for those years.

 

Inventory boundaries

 

The UNAIDS Secretariat includes all travel by UNAIDS staff and meeting participants and facilities operations.

 

Offsetting

 

Secretariat has offset its remaining emissions from 2012 - 2015, and will be purchasing 4,305 tons of offsets which represents 100% of the Secretariat’s 2016 emissions (all unavoidable emissions associated with travel and facilities operations for all UNAIDS country offices and HQ). The Secretariat purchases Adaptation Fund Certified Emissions Reduction credits via the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

 

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.

 

Next steps

 

The UNAIDS Sustainability Task Force, which is comprised of representatives from all departments and the Staff Association, will work on finding ways to implement the UNAIDS Secretariat Emissions Reduction Strategy goal of sensitizing staff to environmental and sustainability issues.

 

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