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UN Initiative on Green Procurement in the Health Sector


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The presentation provides an overview of the Joint UN Programme on green procurement in the health sector.

UN Initiative on Green Procurement in the Health Sector

  1. 1. Dr. Christoph Hamelmann UNDP RBEC Regional Team Leader HIV, Health and Development c UN Initiative on Green Procurement in the Health Sector UNDP Global Fund Partnership Meeting Istanbul, 16-17 June 2014
  2. 2. Virtuous Circle of Green Procurement in the Health Sector
  3. 3. • Vision: Lead by example - a reduced environmental burden by the health sector • Desired Impact: UN health sector procurement policies and practices promote and protect health and do not adversely impact on the environment or on human health and well-being • Outcome: UN agencies adopt and implement environmentally sound procurement policies and practices in the health sector Joint UN Programme Green Procurement in the Health Sector
  4. 4. • Output 1: Evidence based standards for “green” procurement in the health sector are established, and activities to address research gaps are initiated • Output 2: UN procurement officers and health sector practitioners operationalize green procurement in the health sector • Output 3: Key stakeholders such as suppliers/manufacturers, global health financing institutions and development partners are engaged and introduce envionmental safeguard policies and practices Key Outputs of the Joint UN Programme
  5. 5. Aiming for Transformational Change Transformational Change $3 billion $3 trillionJoint UN Programme Global Intl FundsUN Natl Publ Procur Global Health Industry Normative: Green Procurement guidelines Operational: $3 billion of procurement Stakeholder Engagement Purchasers, suppliers/manufact urers UN Health Sector Procurement Current paradigm
  6. 6. • The Minamata Convention (ratified in January 2013) is an agreement between governments to ban products using mercury by 2020 • Cost-effective alternatives for nearly all uses of mercury in health care do exist Examples of ‘Low Hanging Fruits’ Mercury
  7. 7. • PVC in health care causes a number of problems for health and the environment: – Manufacturing: high energy consumption and increased rates of cancer and other illnesses – Usage: to be usable it has to be softened with phthalates: DEHP (most common) which has shown reproductive toxicity – Disposal: Poor waste incineration may generate and spread toxic dioxins • Alternatives exist for devices, and are available at equivalent cost • Example: Stockholm County Council started to procure PVC free gloves 20 years ago, avoiding 200 tonnes of PVC every year. Now they are not more expensive than PVC gloves Examples of ‘Low Hanging Fruits’ PVC
  8. 8. Examples of ‘Low Hanging Fruits’ Existing Substitutions lists
  9. 9. General Environmental Safeguard Analysis HIV Programs Pharmaceutical Waste Target Waste StreamTB Programs Malaria Programs Identification of Waste Stream WASTE A WASTE B Sector Concept Planning Guide Operation Guide Greening Procurement ImpactAnalysis&Evaluation Continuous Improvement Healthcare Waste Toolkit
  10. 10. *UNFPA private sector progressive implementation policy Progressive Supplier Engagement*
  11. 11. Leadership and Innovations
  12. 12. Thank You! Twitter: @cahamelmann Secretariat iIATT-SPHS Related presentations: sector-pharmaceuticals-and-climate-change sector-global-health-initiatives-and-climate-change Transformational Change Global Intl FundsUN Natl Publ Procur Global Health Industry