Congratulations to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) for winning the 2015 SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award for the Middle East and Africa region.
The UNECA, which was founded in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, has a mandate to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.
The organization publishes and prints numerous reports, studies, and papers in support of this mission while also providing printing services to other UN Agencies based in Ethiopia and the African Union Commission.
The UNECA, which is ISO-14001: 2004 certified, is being recognized as a user of KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates and for its focus on minimizing and reducing consumption of power, water, and other consumables.
By transitioning its pre-press operations from chemistry-based to process free computer-to-plate technology, the UNECA has eliminated all the processing steps associated with traditional plate making, reducing water and energy consumption, while minimizing waste and chemical pollution.
In addition to their use of SONORA Plates, the UNECA is using 100% recycled paper both for office use and conference documents and aims to incorporate ecologically sustainable building design across its operations.
As part of its mission, the UNECA is a vocal advocate for sustainability. It publishes books that support environmental initiatives including, the Special report on the ICGLR Regional Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources (RINR) and other Certification Mechanisms in the Great Lakes Region, The Renewable Energy Sector in North Africa and Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa through Inclusive Green Growth.