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INTERNAL ISSUES

Socially & Environmentally Responsible Investing

Socially & Environmentally Responsible Procurement

Green Office Practices

Equitable Human Resources Practices

Transparency in Elections to UN Bodies

EXTERNAL ISSUES

Humanitarian & Peacekeeping Operations Accountability

Freedom of Information



Issues

UN Observer.org divides its focus into two sections:

Issues internal to the United Nations, i.e. when goods and services are provided to the UN system itself:

    • Socially and Environmentally Responsible Investing - promoting the adoption and use of socially and environmentally responsible investment practices by the $22 billion UN pension fund (UNJSPF);
    • Socially and Environmentally Responsible Procurement - promoting the adoption and use of socially and environmentally responsible supply chain practices by the UN with its vendors/suppliers;
    • Green Office Practices - promoting the existence and application of a consistent set of environmental guidelines at UN headquarters and in field offices;
    • Equitable Human Resources Practices - promoting equitable employment practices within the UN, including gender mainstreaming and other anti-discriminatory practices as well as promoting the improvement of existing individual redress mechanisms;
    • Transparency in Elections to UN Bodies - promoting transparency in the nomination, election and tenure process at major UN-related tribunals and committees;

Issues external to the United Nations, i.e when goods and services are provided by the UN system to outside parties:

    • Humanitarian/Peacekeeping Operations Accountability - promoting human rights and environmental principles during peacekeeping and humanitarian missions;
    • Freedom of Information - promoting the adoption and application of a clear and consistent freedom-of-information regime regulating and promoting the dissemination of information to people within and outside the UN system.

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