UNON launches environmental management system

Tue, 05/11/19

The UN General Assembly (A/RES/72/219) has endorsed the Secretary-General’s plan to integrate sustainable development practices into Secretariat-wide operations and facilities management.

With this in mind, the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is working to implement an environmental management system, a set of processes and practices that enables an organization to reduce its environmental impact and increase its operating efficiency.

By 2020, UNON plans to obtain environmental management system (EMS) certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an independent, non-governmental, international organization that develops standards to ensure the quality, safety, and efficiency of products, services, and systems. 
 
ISO 14001-2015 is the most current EMS certification. It has a focus on best practices in four areas: energy use, water consumption, waste management, and wastewater.  

On 3 October 2019, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme and Acting Director-General of UNON, signed a UNON Environmental Statement as part of the journey toward ISO certification.

The ISO 14001-2015 certification requires meeting specific global standards. We are pleased to announce that on 3 October 2019, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme and Acting Director-General of UNON, signed a UNON Environmental Statement as part of the journey toward this certification.

The statement builds upon the Environmental policy for the United Nations Secretariat (ST/SGB/2019/7) for implementation across all geographic locations and it demonstrates UNON’s commitment to the creation of a more sustainable United Nations.