International Organization for Migration (IOM)

HQ: Geneva, Switzerland

Focal Point: Eva Mach



Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions 


- 2018 emissions cover all IOM offices worldwide.
- 2017 emissions cover IOM's Headquarters, seven regional offices and one country office
- 2016 emissions cover IOM's Headquarters, one regional offices and one country office

Key figures: waste

Key figures: water



The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to:

•    Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management.
•    Advance understanding of migration issues.
•    Encourage social and economic development through migration.
•    Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

Full mission statement is available here.

Experience so far


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) recognizes that a healthy environment is inherently linked to the safety, security and well-being of migrants and societies. As part of IOM’s mission to uphold the well-being of migrants and communities, IOM made an institutional commitment in 2017 to mainstream environmental sustainability in its strategies, projects and programmes, and facility management and operations. To achieve these objectives, IOM launched its Environmental Sustainability Programme, with a focus on three key environmental management areas: energy, water and waste management.

The goal of the Environmental Sustainability Programme is to build on already available good practices and policies and strengthen internal governance related to environmental sustainability.  

Since joining the United Nations Environment Management Group in 2017, and in order to adhere to the environmental sustainability commitments of the United Nations, IOM has been gradually improving its environmental reporting. Environmental reporting was piloted in three offices in 2017 and ten offices in 2018, and was rolled out globally in 2019.

In addition to enhancing facility-level environmental management, IOM is contributing to policy discussions related to migration and environmental sustainability, in order to highlight the significance of environmentally sustainable practices for migration management and governance. 

Reduction efforts


IOM is institutionally committed to work towards environmental sustainability and aims to set up an environmental management system by 2030, in line with the UN system-wide commitments.

IOM has already developed a variety of policy tools seeking to reduce the environmental impacts of its operations through efficient resource management.

IOM also incorporates environmental sustainability through programme development and implementation. IOM’s Project Handbook, the main internal guidelines for project design, highlights environmental sustainability as a guiding principle.

Recent examples of environmentally sustainable practices applied in IOM