Interview with Patricia Moser, Director, UNOPS Procurement

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To mark the start of a series of profiles on UN sustainable procurement champions, Greening the Blue met with Patricia Moser, Director of the Procurement Group at UNOPS to discuss all things procurement. Here’s what she told us…

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at UNOPS?

I’ve been at UNOPS for almost two and a half years. Before that, I worked in senior executive roles in different industries in the private sector, in procurement and supply chain. I also ran my own consultancy for several years, with clients from both the private and public sectors.

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NGO finds positive & negative elements in Cyprus’ waste goals positions

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The NGO Friends of Earth Cyprus has found both positive and negative elements in Cyprus` positions as regards waste, such as its support of mandatory separate organic waste collection and minimum demands for a wider producer responsibility but also its disagreement in the goals set for 2025 and 2030.

In a press release, the NGO comments on Cyprus` positions on a survey as they are presented in a pan-European interactive map for the goals on waste, which is published in the European Environmental Bureau`s Website.

“As you will see in the map, in the first question the government does not support a high goal for recycling for 2030, even though the time is thought to be more than enough and it is virtually a given that it will be granted an extension due to the very low percentages it has achieved so far,” the press release says.

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World Environment Day 2017: Get Involved

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World Environment Day is about more than just thinking about the relationship between man and nature. It’s about actually getting outdoors and experiencing what our surrounding environment has to offer us – immersing ourselves in the natural world, taking in all of the sights, sounds, scents and textures.

This year, there are a number of different activities taking place around the world that are bringing communities together with the natural world. Within the UN specifically, there are a host of events that staff can join. 

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The capital’s blooming art scene on Friday

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A Sustainable Food Journey: Eating for Life

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How to enjoy food without costing the earth

Ever wondered how you could eat sustainably while spoiling the palates of delegates during official workshops? Well, we have a little insight into a possible recipe for success…  

UN Environment Asia and the Pacific, SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), WOCAN (Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management) and Novotel teamed up to serve the first sustainable conference menu at a workshop in Bangkok.  

By adopting a tactic of “experiential learning”, a networking dinner became an activity of sustainability in practice and demonstrated how we can all make a difference when organizing official meetings.  

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World Environment Day 2017 – I’m #WithNature!

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It’s just over one month (35 days in fact) until we get to celebrate one of our favourite days on the UN calendar – World Environment Day!

This year’s theme, Connecting People to Nature, encourages us to get outdoors and explore nature, appreciating its beauty and taking forward the message to protect the Earth that we all share.

To celebrate, UN Environment is running a photo challenge, asking us all to post a photo of our favourite protected area on Twitter or Instagram using the #WithNature. You can also submit your photo via email. Along with your photo, UN Environment would love to know why you value your special place. A selection of the photos submitted will be shared on the World Environment Day website, as well as their Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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Heating with recycled waste oil at UNAMA

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The UN assistance mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, has found a clever way to turn waste vehicle oil into heating fuel. Not only does this tackle the environmental issues relating to the disposal of used oil, it also improves working conditions for staff by making it easier to heat buildings more sustainably.

The building heater is located in the workshop and warms the 400 square meters workspace during the winter months when average temperatures reach around -10°C, consuming 6000 to 8000 liters of used oil. The use of waste oil in the place of purchased heating oil represents an annual saving of around $3,600.

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