“In addition to the Paris Agreement on climate change, one of the most promising developments in the global arena has been the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Resolution 70/1 (2015) makes it clear that ‘no one will be left behind’ and that ‘we will endeavour to reach the furthest behind first’. To me, this signals the critical role of the UN’s field missions, led by DPKO, DPA and DFS, that are serving and living next to the most vulnerable communities in our world.
As a whole, field missions account for more than half of the entire UN System’s carbon footprint. Clearly, we need to make considerable efforts to reduce our emissions, particularly in relation to our consumption of diesel fuel for power generation and our needs for ground and air transportation.
We strive to deploy responsible missions that achieve maximum efficiency in their use of natural resources and operate at minimum risk to people, societies and ecosystems; contributing to a positive impact on these wherever possible.