World Health Organization (WHO)

www.who.int

HQ: Geneva, Switzerland

Focal Point: Marina Maiero

 

Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions

 
 

Key figures: Waste

 
 

Director General's Message

 

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Climate change will affect, in profoundly adverse ways, some of the most fundamental determinants of health: food, air, water. In the face of this challenge, WHO is committed to do everything it can to ensure all is done to protect human health from climate change”

Margaret Chan,
Executive Director, WHO

 

Mission

 

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.
 

Offsetting

 

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