UNDP Partner Arup Awarded Sustainable Business Accolade

May 16, 2014

Project with UNDP on climate change and global health initiatives praised by judges as Guardian names firm ‘Consultancy of the Year 2014’

New York City, USA – 16 May 2014 – Arup, a global firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, was yesterday announced Consultancy of the Year for 2014 by the UK Guardian Sustainable Business Awards. The prestigious accolade recognizes a consultancy for delivery of multiple outstanding projects that have enabled clients to drive innovation rewards and impact in their sustainability initiatives.

Among three global projects submitted to the panel of judges was Arup’s groundbreaking research with UNDP to measure and analyze the carbon footprint of UNDP-administered Global Fund HIV and Tuberculosis (GFATM) grants in Montenegro and Tajikistan. The undertaking also identified areas for action on climate change mitigation.

“We are proud to be one of the projects that was identified for this prestigious award,” said Cihan Sultanoğlu, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. “UNDP is committed to lowering its own emissions in its operations. Our partnership with Arup and the results of this study will contribute significantly to achieving this goal.”

As close collaborator of the GFATM and Principal Recipient of GFATM grants in many countries in the world, UNDP initialized the study as part of its continuing efforts to reducing emissions as implementers of global health initiatives. Global health aid is worth US$30 billion annually, with substantial influence on many national health systems around the world. The project’s findings, based on cutting-edge new methodological work, can now be leveraged to raise the interest of stakeholders – implementers, funders and policy makers of global health initiatives - to reduce emissions while continuing to implement effective health programmes around the world.

For more information:

Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2014:

Arup’s project for UNDP:

Report: Carbon footprint of UNDP administered Global Fund HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis grants in Montenegro and Tajikistan – Project Summary, 2013 - UNDP, Arup

Blog post: Leading by example: Greening the health sector- November 29, 2013 by Dr. Christoph Hamelmann, John Macauley and Anna Boelens

Presentation: Global consultation on environmentally friendly procurement in the health sector, Dr. Christoph Hamelmann, Pharmaceuticals in the Environment – Options for Action, Geneva, Switzerland, 9 April 2014

Presentation: Greening the Health Sector – Global Health Initiatives and Climate Change, Dr. Christoph Hamelmann, 2nd Meeting Working Group Climate Change and Health European Environment and Health Task Force, Bonn, Germany 9 December 2013


Contact information

Media Contact (New York City):
Dylan Lowthian, UNDP Office of Communications, tel. +1 212-906-5516 dylan.lowthian@undp.org

Technical Contact (Istanbul):

Dr. Christoph Hamelmann, Regional HIV, Health and Development Team Leader, Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia christoph.hamelmann@undp.org

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