UN Federal Credit Union Achieves Carbon Neutrality

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On July 12th, the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) announced that it has become a carbon neutral organization. Only one other credit union in the US with assets of more than $4 billion has achieved this status. Carbon neutrality – which mitigates impact on global climate change by reducing net organizational greenhouse gas emissions to zero – is one of eight goals that UNFCU outlines in its first sustainability report covering its strategy, initiatives, and progress in 2016. Going forward, UNFCU will issue this report annually, with a focus on the 5 year sustainability plan it has developed to guide its environmental performance improvements through 2020.

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FAO walks the talk – Corporate Environmental Responsibility

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On July 6th, at the FAO Conference in Rome, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN) launched its new Corporate Environmental Responsibility Strategy 2017-2020, which analyses the organization’s current environmental performance and identifies the key steps required to reduce its ecological performance. The Strategy complements the FAO Strategy on Climate Change dedicated to climate action in the agricultural sector. 

 

The launch of FAO’s “Corporate Environmental Responsibility Strategy” took place at the organization’s side event on partnering to scale up climate action in the agricultural sector at the FAO conference on July 6th.

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The Constant Gardener – UN Food Garden Volunteer

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Michael Jenkins is no stranger to getting his hands dirty. Growing up in rural New Zealand, he took part in growing his own food from an early age, planting his first garden of radishes at four years old. During school vacations, he also worked on a large cucumber farm (resulting in a lifelong aversion to the vegetable). 

Decades later, while stationed in South Sudan, where fresh food was not easy to come by, he planted his own food garden. Despite the harsh climate conditions, he was able to successfully grow chilies, bananas, and Italian lettuces, inspiring others to follow suit. 

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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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