UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre
The Bratislava Regional Centre supports 25 countries and territories in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States with a team of in-house policy specialists that provides advisory services and technical support to country offices and programmes in the region. The Centre is able to quickly mobilize support by connecting UNDP country offices and national partners to UNDP’s global network of development experts – both inside and outside the organization, and to United Nations specialized agencies.
The Centre manages regional projects and also documents and shares development successes and best practices throughout the region and beyond.
The Centre also works closely with country offices to strengthen UNDP capacities for results based management - to enhance productivity, efficiency and accountability and to improve the delivery of results at the country level.
All UNDP projects and programmes are implemented according to the international PRINCE 2 methodology.
UNDP often shares this expertise with national partners, working to strengthen their own capacities for strategic planning and programme management - based on the principles of transparency and accountability.
UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre goes green
The UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre also feeds enough green renewable electricity into the grid to meet the needs of 11 Slovak households. Its rooftop photovoltaic system, which became operational in 2009, is the latest in a series of steps in the last six years to reduce the office’s environmental impact. As of December 2011, the UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre is now carbon neutral with a purchase of 650 tons of carbon dioxide premium quality certified emission reductions (CERs) from the Ningxia Yinyi Wind Farmprojectin the Ningxia province of Northern China.
To date, the solar panels have generated more than 24,000 kilowatts of power, 10,400 euros in income and have prevented 13 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. (See real time energy and cost savings.) Three more UNDP offices in the region are following suit: Armenia, Cyprus and Tajikistan are also installing rooftop solar energy stations.
The Bratislava Regional Centre has developed a Greening and Emission Reduction Strategy for 2011-2013 (pdf), which commits the office to reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact from: travel, office operations, procurement of goods and services including printing, including climate change safeguards for programmes and projects.
Many green policies have been introduced, including:
- New energy efficient windows;
- Energy efficient lights ;
- Turning off computers every evening;
- Reducing the consumption of water, electricity, heating and paper; and
- Raising staff awareness of the benefits of good green practice.
See photos from staff green days: treeplanting, frog saving, and our rooftop solar panels