Sustainable travel in the UN: the 'How To' guide

Tue, 31/08/10

Travel is responsible for approximately 50% of the United Nations’ climate footprint and represents a major cost - over US$ 1 billion per year for the collective UN family.

At the same time, travel is an essential means by which the UN delivers its mandate and often cannot be avoided, particularly in emergency situations or when the UN in convening global meeings.

A new report published today, Sustainable Travel in the UN, provides guidance on how UN staff and organizations can reduce the environmental, social and financial costs associated with their travel.

It provides background on existing systems - including UN rules and regulations - and looks at the total costs of travel (including tickets prices, DSA, environmental impacts, staff time and life/work balance). It goes on to detail examples of sustainable travel in action across the UN system and discusses two approaches in detail: Travel Less and Travel More Efficiently.

"We regularly have requests from UN staff for guidance on how they can reduce the impacts of their travel", said Niclas Svenningsen, Head of the Sustainable United Nations team, which published the report.

"This report responds to that need and provides an opportunity for staff and organizations to rethink the way they approach travel. There are already loads of good examples out there, so we hope to see these spread in the next years as sustainable travel becomes the norm, not the exception."

The report includes case studies from UN AIDS, ICAO, UNIDO, UPU, Ramsar and the World Bank

Click here to download the report and find out more about sustainable travel in the UN system.

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