Model Approach to Environmental and Social Standards for UN Programming

 The Model Approach is intended to serve as a reference and benchmark for UN entities to use on a voluntary basis when they adopt or revise their own environmental and social standards and safeguards. It outlines a set of key requirements and processes that are typically addressed by UN entity-level safeguard policies, building on lessons learned and the wide range of normative and operational expertise within the UN system. The Model Approach provides a first step in moving towards a common approach, strengthening policy alignment and shared learning.
 

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Maximizing the effectiveness of the Environment Management Group in the context of the
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
 
The report captures key findings and recommendations by the Task Team composed of designated focal points of the UN. It covers procedural issues related to EMG’s modalities of work as well as substantives issues related to EMG’s mandate and future focus in order to maximize its effectiveness in supporting the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Greening the Blue Report (2018 edition)

This report details the UN System’s environmental footprint and its efforts to reduce it. There is GHG emission data for 66 entities, waste and water data for 56, and insights into efforts to improve environmental management and become climate-neutral.
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llowing recommendations, identified during the Dialogue, aim to strengthen the recognition of the
role of biodiversity in achieving human security and wellbeing outcomes as well as to support progress
towards existing biodiversity targets and the developme
nt of a post
2020 global strategy for biodiversity.

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Nature Opportunities for Human Security

The report compiles recommendations, identified during the Biodiversity, Human Security and Wellbeing Nexus Dialogue. It aims to strengthen the recognition of the role of biodiversity in achieving human security and wellbeing outcomes, as well as to support progress towards existing biodiversity targets and the development of a post-2020 global strategy for biodiversity.
The fo
llowing recommendations, identified during the Dialogue, aim to strengthen the recognition of the
role of biodiversity in achieving human security and wellbeing outcomes as well as to support progress
towards existing biodiversity targets and the developme
nt of a post
2020 global strategy for biodiversity.

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Greening the Blue Report (2017 edition)

The report on UN System environmental footprints and efforts to reduce them, looking at GHG emissions, waste, environmental management, and climate neutrality.

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Synthesis Report on UN System-wide Contributions to the Implementation of the Environmental Dimension in the Sustainable Development Goals
The report maps agency specific environmental actions, partnerships, and overall strategic trends of 51 Member Agencies of the United Nations Environment Group, highlighting good practices, leveraging data visualisations, and identifying opportunities for further collaboration.
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United Nations System-wide Response to Tackling E-waste
This report signals the importance of collaboration and coordination among UN entities in sustainably solving the global e-waste problem
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Greening the Blue Report (2016 edition)
The ‘Greening the Blue’ report series replaced the ‘Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN’ reports in detailing the UN System’s eco-footprint and efforts made to reduce it. This report contains data on GHG emissions, waste management, sustainability initiatives, and offsetting for climate neutrality.

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Peer Review Process A Voluntary Review of Environmental Performance
The Peer Review Process was initiated in 2012 by the United Nation’s Environment Management Group (EMG). The Project aims to review the environmental sustainability profile and performance of UN agencies.
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Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN: The UN System’s Footprint and Efforts to Reduce It (2015 edition)
This report details the UN System’s eco-footprint and efforts made to reduce it. This edition includes data from 65 entities.

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United Nations and the Sound management of Chemicals: Coordinating delivery for member states and sustainable development
The report signals the importance of sound chemicals management to the broader sustainable development agenda, showcases what has already been accomplished, and indicates how the UN system can further assist Member States in achieving sound chemicals management in the context of sustainable development.
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Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN: The UN System’s Footprint and Efforts to Reduce It (2014 edition)
The UN’s report on System-wide progress in implementing the UN’s Climate Neutral Strategy. This year’s report includes the greenhouse gas emissions for 64 organisations in 2013, as well as a breakdown of emissions by source. The brochure and poster highlight some of the many projects going on in UN agencies and offices around the UN to improve the organization’s environmental performance, often with resulting co-benefits for health, morale and cost savings.
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UN EMG Stocktaking Report on Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners 
The report presents a compilation of green economy products developed by the UN System. This report has been prepared as a response to the 18th meeting of the Environment Management Group (EMG) senior officials, which tasked the EMG’s Issue Management Group on Green Economy to carry out a stocktaking exercise on existing UN system-wide web-based green economy platforms and resources.

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Advancing the Environmental and Social Sustainability Framework in the United Nations System. Interim Guide 
In 2012, Members of the UN Environment Management Group prepared a Framework for Advancing Environmental and Social Sustainability in the UN system at the policy, program and operational levels. This Interim Guide was prepared through the Consultative Process of the Environment Management Group as a basic tool to help the UN entities to start implementing the Framework. Its specific objectives are to raise awareness about environmental and social sustainability measures that can be adopted at the individual entity level, and to sensitize staff about the implications of and options for applying them.
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Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN. The UN System’s Footprint and Efforts to Reduce It (2012 Edition)
The report notes that while many individual United Nations entities have adopted assessment policies and practices, the United Nations System acting together can do even more, including by developing a common sustainability framework and relevant indicators.
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Advancing the environmental agenda within the UN brochure 
This brochure spotlights a number of the main UN system-wide reports, guidance manuals, information kits and booklets on the environment in which UNEP has played either a leading or contributory role, during the period between 2009 and 2013. The publications are global in scope, demonstrating the UN family’s collaboration as it builds on synergies between different agencies and works closely to “Deliver as One”. These publications have been categorized according to the six environmental themes, namely: climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, chemicals and waste, and resource efficiency.
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Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN: The UN System’s Footprint and Efforts to Reduce It (2013 edition) 
Find out how the UN’s Climate Neutral Strategy is progressing. The report includes the details of the greenhouse gas emissions for 64 organisations in 2012, as well as a breakdown of emissions by source. The brochure and poster showcase some of the efforts that have gone on around the UN System to reduce emissions and explains the next steps. There is an opening message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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A Vision of a Sustainable UN. 
What would a ‘sustainable’ United Nations look like? How would it feel to work for such an organisation? These are some of the questions that are investigated in this report based on interviews with over twenty leaders from across the UN. The report showcases ideas about how the UN could build on current activities to enhance environmental sustainability management by 2020.
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Environment in the United Nations system. Note by the Executive Director
The environmental footprint of humanity has grown exponentially since 1972. The size of the footprint has followed the pace of a growing world population, stunning technological innovations and an ever expanding production and consumption of goods and services. This note on the Environment in the UN System was presented by the Executive Director of UNEP at the 26th session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Nairobi, 2011.
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A framework for advancing Environmental and Social Sustainability in the UN System.
The report notes that while many individual United Nations entities have adopted assessment policies and practices, the United Nations System acting together can do even more, including by developing a common sustainability framework and relevant indicators.
 
Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN: The UN System’s Footprint and Efforts to Reduce It (2011 Edition).The report includes the details of the greenhouse gas emissions for 54 entities in 2010, as well as a breakdown of emissions by activity. It also details progress in reducing emissions and plans for the future.
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Working towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy: A United Nations System-wide Perspective.
The EMG’s Issue Management Group on Green Economy was tasked to prepare a report to assess how the United Nations system could coherently support countries in transitioning to a green economy.
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Global Drylands: A UN system wide response
The EMG’s Issue Management Group on Land was requested to prepare this UN system-wide response report on drylands, highlighting the importance of drylands and options for follow-up action. Released: 20 October 2011.
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Advancing the biodiversity agenda: A UN – system wide contribution
This report was made available as an information document for the upcoming COP of the CBD in Nagoya in 2010.
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Mapping Contributions of the UN Agencies and Conventions to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
This report intends to provide an understanding of UN system-wide contributions to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020).
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Kick The Habit – a UN guide to Climate Neutrality
A UN guide to Climate Neutrality.
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