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Wed 01/09/10
In addition to alleviating global hunger, the World Food Programme (WFP) is also contributing to efforts to create a more sustainable United Nations. WFP’s Armenia office provides an excellent example of WFPs approach: using energy efficiency and...
Thu 22/07/10
Beth Pe’Och from UNOG has written an article in UN Special about office plants and their value to our well-being.She cites several pieces of research and reports which highlight the positive impacts that indoor plants can have on health, in reducing...
Wed 21/07/10
The US Mission to the UN in Geneva will be greening their grounds in August with the help from nine carefully selected landscape architecture students. The collaborative project is sponsored by the US mission and the American Society of Landscape...
Wed 31/03/10
WFP's Armenia office had a dilemma; their ageing, inefficient air conditioning system needed replacing. On offer were a cheap unit that uses the coolant Freon, which causes holes in the Ozone layer of the Earth's atmosphere, or a more expensive unit...
Wed 31/03/10
Environmental issues such as competition for dwindling or lucrative resources often lie at the heart of conflict. Conflict in turn can devastate habitats, making recovery to sustainable peace a hard road. Recently, peacekeeping mandates have begun...
Wed 31/03/10
You would expect it to be green, and the International Environment House (IEH) doesn't disappoint. A recent USD 3.1 million retrofit has helped gain it the coveted MINERGIE certificate – a Swiss standard for building materials and energy efficiency...
Wed 31/03/10
After four years of preparation, in June 2008, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) moved into its new headquarters in Rome, uniting the formerly three IFAD locations to one. The aim was to reduce the organization’s impact on...
Wed 31/03/10
Turning its need to relocate to maximum advantage, the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) now has a refurbished 'green' office suite it can be really proud of. Housed in an 11-storey building in...
Wed 31/03/10
The United Nations is getting a grip on the greenhouse gases (GHG) it generates. In an unprecedented joint effort, the whole UN system has compiled an inventory of its annual emissions. The total – the equivalent of 1.7 million tonnes of carbon...
Wed 31/03/10
The newest addition to the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON) should be a real showcase of sustainability. Destined to host the global headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat, it has the distinction of...