The UN Geneva headquarters has joined a select group of environmentally-friendly entities, having been awarded a prestigious certificate recognizing its ‘green’ efforts.
The Nature Reserve Certificate, awarded by the Swiss NGO Foundation Nature & Economy, is bestowed upon entities that protect nature by managing at least 30 % of the green areas around their buildings in a natural manner.
The UN Office at Geneva is home to the 46-hectare Ariana Park, housing trees that are more than a century old and a wide variety of flowers.
It also has undertaken other endeavours, such as avoiding pesticides, using compost and using sheep instead of lawnmowers.
The certificate “constitutes and acknowledgment of UNOG`s firm commitment to climate neutrality,” according to a press release.