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Advancing renewable energy and positive legacy in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)


Submitted by caputon on 24 May 2024
24 May 2024

The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) was pleased to join other colleagues from the Department of Operational Support (DOS) Environmental Team for a visit to MINUSCA aimed at supporting the mission’s efforts to implement renewable energy and assure a positive legacy in the host country, in line with its mandate[1].

MINUSCA has exhibited continuous improvement in recent years, with a current environmental score of 77/100 compared to 66/100 in 2018-2019, reflecting considerable progress in waste management practices, fuel containment rates, and data quality, as well as efforts to transition to renewable energy.

No less than 75 projects with potential positive legacy benefits have been completed or are ongoing, in the areas of water and wastewater, solid waste, and energy.[2]

The MINUSCA visit follows the recent launch by DOS of “The Way Forward: Environment Strategy for Peace Operations 2023-2030,”[3] which provides peacekeeping and field-based special political missions with a framework for accountability regarding energy, water and wastewater, solid waste, environmental management systems, and wider impact, and emphasizes the cross-cutting themes of responsibility, ambition, and legacy.

UNGSC’s Environmental Technical Support Unit has been working with MINUSCA to help achieve the objectives set out in the DOS Environment Strategy. Activities include support with the design of projects and solicitation processes, wastewater risk management, and partnerships for projects that can have co-benefits for the local community. 

UNGSC looks forward to continued collaboration with field missions to advance environmental management as a key part of the DOS effort in this area and in line with Member States’ priorities.[4]

 

To learn more, visit Environment | DEPARTMENT OF OPERATIONAL SUPPORT (un.org).

 

 

[1]S/RES/2709 (2023)

[2] MINUSCA’s most recent scorecard (2022-2023) can be found here.

[3] A continuation of the DOS Environment Strategy’s initial phase (2017-2023)

[4]A/RES/76/274 and A/77/19.

 

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