Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

HQ: Geneva, Switzerland

Focal Point: Susan Bolvenkel-Prior

Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions


Key Figures: Waste


Executive Director’s message


“Addressing climate change is a priority for UNAIDS not only in the way we operate but also in increasing our understanding of the implications climate change has on the AIDS epidemic and our response to it. Just as the AIDS response requires all partners from governments to civil society and the private sector to work together – so must we work together to reach goals in addressing climate change.”

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/(UNAIDS)




The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.


Experience so far


UNAIDS Secretariat has successfully collected data from 87 offices for its 2016 inventory. This is the Secretariat’s 8th annual inventory submission.


Reduction efforts


The UNAIDS Secretariat adopted its second Emissions Reduction Strategy in 2016. The focus of the strategy is to sensitize staff to the consequences of both business and personal decisions on the environment and sustainability.


Inventory boundaries


The UNAIDS Secretariat includes all travel by UNAIDS staff and meeting participants and facilities operations.




Secretariat has offset its remaining emissions from 2012 - 2015, and will be purchasing 4,305 tons of offsets which represents 100% of the Secretariat’s 2016 emissions (all unavoidable emissions associated with travel and facilities operations for all UNAIDS country offices and HQ). The Secretariat purchases Adaptation Fund Certified Emissions Reduction credits via the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.


Waste management


UNAIDS will be working with its building facilities company in HQ to improve data reporting and sorting to produce data which is more compatible with UN reporting requirements.


Next steps


The UNAIDS Sustainability Task Force, which is comprised of representatives from all departments and the Staff Association, will work on finding ways to implement the UNAIDS Secretariat Emissions Reduction Strategy goal of sensitizing staff to environmental and sustainability issues.


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