Greening

The UN Secretary-General launched the Climate Neutral Initiative in June 2007. UNDRR joined the initiative in May 2008. In compliance with decision CDB/2007/2, adopted by the Board of UN Chief Executives and with the Strategy for a climate-neutral United Nations, UNDRR developed an internal policy note in May 2008 laying out the key steps to move toward climate neutrality. The objectives include reducing the environmental footprint of UNDRR and to “lead by example” and provide a basis for awareness of similar organizations, governments, UNDRR staff and UNDRR's partners.

What YOU can do

We all have a footprint or an impact on the climate. Consider reducing yours. Because climate change is a non-localized problem, it doesn’t matter where you reduce or offset your carbon; the positive impact will be the same.

Awareness-raising can help to encourage others to pay more attention to greening in their personal and professional lives, and to the role greening can play in DRR and sustainable development. Furthermore, nudging can provide motivation to bring about (small but significant) behavioral changes and to review habits. YOU can help in this during and long after the APMCDRR by telling others what you know about greening.

Use public transport in Brisbane. Brisbane has a reliable and well connected public transportation system. Therefore, we encourage participants to make use of public transportation instead of taking a taxi or a car to the hotel or the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

More information about planning your journey via public transport can be found here.

Where possible, please use digital copies of materials. Participants are encouraged to also use PreventionWeb, managed by UNDRR, to share material: www.preventionweb.net/english/submit/

You can decide to donate a small amount (US$ 2 or more) to carbon offset activities when purchasing an airplane ticket. Many companies offer such option.

You can calculate your estimated carbon emissions at https://carbonfund.org/calculate-your-footprint/ and to off-set the equivalent amount you can do so by visiting https://offset.climateneutralnow.org/howtooffset where you will be able to choose a project to contribute to and pay. Even small payments in the order of a few dollars are possible. More information on carbon offsetting at https://offset.climateneutralnow.org/ at the UN Carbon Offset Platform.

You can talk about greening on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram.

Reduce water consumption, including by re-using hotel room towels/linens, where possible.

Save electricity by turning off any air conditioners, lights and TV when leaving the hotel room and avoiding the use of elevators where possible.

You can try to reduce resource consumption and minimize waste generation by sharing print materials, using recycled and biodegradable products.

And last but not least, trying to reduce animal source foods in your diet has a positive impact, too.

Accessibility

UNDRR and the host country are committed to making the 2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction accessible to persons with disabilities.

The General Assembly through its resolutions 65/186, 64/131, and 64/154 urged the United Nations system to make a concerted effort to integrate disability into its work and encouraged the Inter Agency Support Group on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to work to ensure that development programmes, including Sustainable Development Goals policies, processes and mechanisms, are inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities.

UNDRR is actively coordinating to integrate disability into the implementation process of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

In line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities principle on full and effective participation and inclusion in society, persons with disabilities should have the opportunity, on an equal basis with others, to be actively involved in all decision-making processes about policies and programmes, and at fora where international development is discussed.

Accessible documentation

Documentations in Word and in text DAISY3 format. DAISY (www.daisy.org) is an international standard for accessible digital talking books.