UNEP Provides Environmental Training to Peacekeepers

9 November 2010: As part of the Natural Resources Management in Post-Conflict Countries Initiative, developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), UNEP convened a four-day training course for UN Field Mission staff.

Aiming to equip participants with the tools to address environmental issues related to the work and mandate of UN peacekeeping missions, the training was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 9-13 November, and attended by 25 environmental focal points representing all current peacekeeping missions.

According to UNEP, the 2009 UN Greenhouse Gas inventory indicated that UN Field Missions globally account for 56% of UN total greenhouse gas emissions. A joint study undertaken by UNEP, the UN Department of Field Support (DFS) and United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia (UNSOA) indicated that significant savings in energy and water inputs and waste outputs are achievable bymainstreaming environmental concerns into the design and operation of UN peacekeeping camps. [UNEP Press release]