29 Oct 2020
Organization: International Labour Organization
The launch of a new report "ILO Environmental Sustainability Action Plans for 2018–21", organized within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network, will take place on 29 October 2020, at the International Environment House and online. This report highlights ILO ambition, commitment, and far-reaching achievements across the Office in integrating environmental sustainability in ILO policy outcomes, Decent Work Country Programmes, and development cooperation projects, as well as the organization results in greening its operations. Panellists will discuss the remarkable achievements of the ILO in improving environmental sustainability in its programmes, projects, facilities and operations, and will together reflect on further commitments to scale up ongoing environmental sustainability efforts in the organization.
About the report
In 2007, the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) approved the United Nations Climate Neutral Strategy that committed the UN system to measure, reduce and offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from facilities, operations and travel. In 2015, UN organizations committed to becoming climate neutral by 2020, using the UN Roadmap towards Climate Neutrality by 2020, and in 2019, the CEB endorsed the Strategy for Sustainability Management in the United Nations System (2020–2030) to intensify efforts to combat climate change through internal sustainability strategies.
In alignment with these commitments, in 2008 the ILO began calculating the annual GHG emissions of its headquarters and 48 field offices. It did so in partnership with the Sustainable UN (SUN) Secretariat of the UN Environment Programme. Emissions reductions in ILO operations were incorporated into the ILO Environmental Sustainability Policy and Environmental Management System, adopted in 2016.
In response to the Director-General’s announcement of the Environmental Sustainability Policy, an ensuing directive was issued to introduce an Environmental Management System (EMS) and an Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) to enable a more systematic, coordinated and integrated approach to achieving the objectives of the Environmental Sustainability Policy.
The Environmental Sustainability Action Plan was developed to record the objectives and priorities within ILO programmes, projects, and operations and establish targets, outcomes, and indicators for the biennium.
ILO Environmental Sustainability Action Plans for 2018-2021 demonstrates ambition, commitment, and far-reaching achievements across the Office in integrating environmental sustainability in ILO policy outcomes, Decent Work Country Programmes, and development cooperation projects. Similarly, important progress has been achieved in the greening of ILO operations and facilities, with reductions in water use and waste generation, and significant gains in energy efficiency.
Moustapha Kamal GUEYE
Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, International Labour Organisation
Senior Specialist, Skills and Employability, SKILLS, ILO
Deputy Chief and Principal Procurement Specialist, PROCUREMENT, ILO
Senior Specialist, Environment and Decent Work, ILO Bangkok
Coordinator, Sustainable United Nations (SUN) initiative
Coordinator, Geneva Environment Network
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