Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)

HQ: Beirut, Lebanon

Focal Point: Halim Nader


Key Figures: Greenhouse gas emissions

Key Figures: Waste


Executive Secretary’s message

"Challenges to human security in our region range from the threats to peace and lives posed by the Israeli occupation, to economic and political marginalization that result from fragile structures and violations of human rights. The gravity of such threats should not, however, lead us to underestimate those emanating from climate change. Science tells us that sea water will rise to drown large parts of our lands, and that further desertification, droughts and the intrusion of seawater into our aquifers, will erode the quality and quantity of our waters and have dire ramifications on livelihoods, food security and human wellbeing. ESCWA will not only work with member countries to help them avert such threats, but will also continue its efforts to move towards making its own facilities and operations climate neutral."

Dr Rima Khalaf, Executive Secretary, ESCWA 


ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Experience so far

ESCWA has since 2009 already initiated a series of emission reduction measures and has in 2011 started the implementation of a series of new additional measures.

Reduction efforts

ESCWA has an Emission Reduction Strategy to improve environmental performance.


No offsetting has been done so far at the institutional level.

Waste management

Waste is measured by weighing. Paper for recycling is weighed as well as non-hazardous waste. Minimized number of individual printers, adoption of double-sided printers.

ESCWA is using 23 litres refillable plastic bottles for its water dispensers.

Next steps

Continue implementing energy saving measures and energy efficient operating schedules and explore possibilities to further reduce consumption and recycle plastic bottles and metal cans.