WFP – Partnering for supply chain sustainability

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A 12-month partnership between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Nissan Europe delivered innovations in supply chain sustainability for the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger.

“Corporate sustainability efforts worldwide are increasingly broadening their focus from traditional ‘in house’ environmental impacts to understanding the impacts of supply chains,” said WFP Director of Management Services, Philip Ward. “As the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, WFP has recognised that its contribution to global environmental impacts goes beyond its own direct activities and this partnership has helped us take valuable steps towards managing those.”

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UNAMID and Guests Celebrate WED 2017

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On 5 June, hundreds of people including women, youth, Government of Sudan officials and UNAMID staff gathered at El Fasher Maternity Hospital to mark World Environment Day, under the theme “Connecting People to Nature”.

Guests planted trees, cleaned and painted the Maternity Hospital and were entertained by a local drama group as part of the activities organized by UNAMID to mark the Day. Additionally, mission staff donated cleaning materials to the hospital to help staff maintain the sanitation standards of the maternity wards.

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UNAMID Commemorates WED

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On 5 June, hundreds of people including women, youth, Government of Sudan officials and UNAMID staff gathered at El Fasher Maternity Hospital to mark World Environment Day, under the theme “Connecting People to Nature”.

Guests planted trees, cleaned and painted the Maternity Hospital and were entertained by a local drama group as part of the activities organized by UNAMID to mark the Day. Additionally, mission staff donated cleaning materials to the hospital to help staff maintain the sanitation standards of the maternity wards.

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UNFPA – Environmentally friendly male condoms

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In 2015 the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) procured around 700 million male condoms which have efficiently protected people against HIV aid and, in conjunction with other forms of contraception, have helped to avert 12.3 million unintended pregnancies as well as 34,000 maternal deaths, 220,000 child deaths and 4.4 million abortions (3.9 million of which would have been classified as unsafe abortions).

Yet despite the profound social benefits of UNFPA’s work, male condoms remained UNFPA’s least environmentally sustainable product due the quantities of water, chemicals and raw material required for their production. Condoms also have a large environmental footprint due to the type and amount of resources used for packaging and shipping.

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UNAMID Commemorates World Environment Day

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On 5 June, hundreds of people including women, youth, Government of Sudan officials and UNAMID staff gathered at El Fasher Maternity Hospital to mark World Environment Day, under the theme “Connecting People to Nature”.

Guests planted trees, cleaned and painted the Maternity Hospital and were entertained by a local drama group as part of the activities organized by UNAMID to mark the Day. Additionally, mission staff donated cleaning materials to the hospital to help staff maintain the sanitation standards of the maternity wards.

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UN Environment and ESCAP tackle waste at UN Bangkok

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Monday 5th June was World Environment Day, and what a day it was. This year’s celebrations saw a whole host of activities all around the world, including lots of announcements and events, including the launch of the new greening strategy for the UN complex in Bangkok.

In conjunction with the catering company Sodexo, UN ESCAP, and UN Environment have taken action to green the UN Building’s facilities and operations by reducing plastic waste, tackling food waste, introducing a green menu and reducing energy consumption.

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UNEP and ESCAP tackle waste at UN Bangkok

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Monday 5th June was World Environment Day, and what a day it was. This year’s celebrations saw a whole host of activities all around the world, including lots of announcements and events, including the launch of the new greening strategy for the UN complex in Bangkok.

In conjunction with the facility management company Sodexo, UN ESCAP, and UN Environment have taken action to green the UN Building’s facilities and operations by reducing plastic waste, tackling food waste, introducing a green menu and reducing energy consumption.

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Greening in action – UN Bangkok

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Monday 5th June was World Environment Day, and what a day it was. This year’s celebrations saw a whole host of activities all around the world, including lots of announcements and events, including the launch of the new greening strategy for the UN complex in Bangkok.

In conjunction with the facility management company Sodexo, UN ESCAP, and UN Environment have taken action to green the UN Building’s facilities and operations by reducing plastic waste, tackling food waste, introducing a green menu and reducing energy consumption.

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UNHQ makes contribution to reduce plastic waste

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The week of June 5th saw UNHQ host the Ocean Conference in New York City, which coincided with World Environment Day and World Oceans Day. UNHQ took this opportunity to ask conference attendees and UN staff in NYC to make a contribution to reduce plastic in our city and our ocean. 

Did you or a colleague find a new metal water bottle sitting on your desk during the Ocean Conference? It was not an accident. Please use it, frequently! Or give it to someone else who promises to.

Efforts are underway in the UNHQ Secretariat to increase drinking from the tap and to reduce use and disposal of single-use water bottles in NYC and at UNHQ. Doing so is economical, good for the environment and easy at UNHQ where the water is proven to be clean and safe.

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Environmental protection a priority for UN staff in Darfur

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The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was established in 2007 as the first joint peacekeeping mission to be run by both the United Nations (UN) and the African Union. Its mandate is to bring peace and stability to the war-torn Darfur region in the West of Sudan and to protect civilian and humanitarian operations while a political settlement is being negotiated. 

One of the priorities for UNAMID’s environmental management programme is water conservation and pollution control. With high temperatures and water scarcity in Darfur, a dedicated water engineering team has been put together to identify potential borehole sites, as well as design and drill boreholes. It is also important that the Mission considers that its own water sourcing and use does not negatively impact the local environment and communities. UNAMID has, therefore, put in place an in-house groundwater monitoring system. The Mission has also constructed wastewater injection wells in the wastewater treatment cycle. These shallow boreholes disperse excess treated wastewater to irrigate tree plantations.  

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