United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)


HQ: Geneva, Switzerland

Focal Point: Lucas Assunção


Key figures*

Number of staff: 500
Number of locations: 2
Total emissions: 3,381 tonnes CO2 equivalent
Emissions per staff member: 6.8 tonnes CO2 equivalent
Emissions from air travel: 3,130 tonnes CO2 equivalent
Air travel as a proportion of total emissions: 93%
Air travel per staff member: 6.3 tonnes CO2
Building-related emissions: 18 kg CO2 equivalent per square metre

*This data is is for 2009 

** Please note that the following information was last updated November 2016 **



The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy through the three pillars of work – research and analysis, consensus building and technical cooperation. It has gradually evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution that aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development.

Experience so far

UNCTAD is leading by example by being one of the first UN agencies to complete its annual greenhouse gas inventories since 2006 and formulate its own mitigation strategy. The UNCTAD Climate Neutral Programme, launched on 28 August 2007, enables a better understanding of the climate impacts of UNCTAD programmes and operations through effective and systematic monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions, developing and coordinating actions at UNCTAD and with partners to reduce emissions and organizing the purchase of carbon offsets to neutralize unavoidable emissions.

Reduction efforts

Reduction efforts at UNCTAD concentrate on the following areas:

  • Air travel reduction
  • Organization of low-carbon conferences
  • Energy effciency partnership with UNOG
  • Engaging staff in various greenhouse gas mitigating initiatives

Next steps

UNCTAD aims to reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 without compromising the work and goals of the agency. This will be achieved by implementing the four programme elements under the greenhouse gas mitigation strategy – air travel reduction, organization of low-carbon conferences, engaging in an energy-effciency partnership with UNOG, and engaging staff in various greenhouse gas mitigating initiatives.

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