Staff Engagement

Say Yes to Less

The Say Yes to Less campaign was launched by the Sustainable United Nations team, with the World Food Programme, in 2018.

Campaign materials include posters and logos, which can be used to raise awarness of the behaviours needed to reduce the UN's waste to landfill.

Click here to find out more about the campaign and click here to access the materials.






Greening the Blue: the Tutorial


The Greening the Blue tutorial is designed for UN staff, highlighting the work that's underway across the UN System to improve its environmental performance and providing helpful advice on how each individual can contribute to that effort, by calculating and reducing their own footprint. The tutorial takes the form of an animation in which we follow two UN staffers – Stick and Bean – as they overcome the challenge of being green in a typical UN office. Just follow the link below to the UN System Staff College website, where the tutorial is hosted, and follow the instructions.

Print off our 'Go green with Stick and Bean' poster and the Greening the Blue Tutorial movie poster and put them up around your desk, building... wherever you can.

Download the 'go green' poster in English or French


Communicating Sustainability:  How to produce effective public campaigns (2005)


This guide shows how the power of communication can be harnessed for achieving the goal of promoting more sustainable lifestyles. It is designed to be read by local and national government authorities, and everyone else who wants to develop and implement public awareness campaigns on these issues.

To access the guide in French &  Spanish, click here





Staff Engagement Workshop Report


The workshop examined the ways in which staff engagement and wider communications can help in greening the UN. Read the details of the workshop here.



Launching Greening the Blue

Read our campaign launch page which is full of ideas to support the Greening the Blue campaign in your organization.



Staff Engagement Toolkit: English


'Top tips' for communications, powerpoint presentations, wallpapers, email and much more, available to download here



Staff Engagement Toolkit: Other UN Languages


Logos, powerpoint presentations, wallpapers, posters, and much more, available to download here in Spanish, Arabic, French, Mandarin and Russian.





Use the Flip and Norma cartoon to convey Greening the Blue's key message in a fun and humorous way.  The animation can be downloaded from:

YouTube (English)     
Vimeo (English)       
Vimeo (Spanish)






You might find you need some images to help you in your communications. Here are some websites where you can access engaging imagery for free:

Free Images - Environment

UN Multimedia



Useful Links


Do The Green Thing

World Environment Day

UNEP Gallery for Sustainable Communications



Case Studies


Read case studies of different UN organizations approach to staff engagement