World Health Organization (WHO)

HQ: Geneva, Switzerland

Focal Point: Marina Maiero


Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions


Key figures: Waste


Key Figures: Water


** Please note that the following information was last updated November 2017 **




The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.


Experience so far


Since 2008 WHO has worked on the annual assessment of WHO's greenhouse gas emissions, and various proposals to reduce emissions and improve sustainable management practices.


Reduction efforts

  • WHO is currently exploring a possible policy (including targets) for reducing air travel
  • Renovations work's studies, which are estimated to reduce by up to 80% of WHO HQ current level of CO2 with respect to power generation and electricity consumption, are under way.



Under discussion.


Next steps


To include all the WHO Regional offices in the carbon footprint assessment exercise and develop a global WHO Sustainability Management System

For more information visit: From policy to action: leading by example to greening the health sector