The Publishing Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva provides services to various organs such as the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and the Secretariat as a whole, as well as other agencies with conference documents and publishing services to enable them to carry out their mandated duties. The Publishing Service also plays an active role in the Publications Board.
Pursuant to the system-wide efforts to implement the concept of sustainable publishing, the Publishing Service of the Division of Conference Management (DCM) has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) for its printing and distribution operations and subsequently obtained ISO 14001:2004 Certification, dated 5 November 2010.
The scope of the EMS includes the environmental impact of the printing and distribution activities including material flow, waste material management, secure handling of chemicals, energy consumption, machinery noise levels, etc.
The implementation of sustainable publishing practices also ensures that staff members maintain environmental awareness, and in this regard an environmental policy detailing the shared responsibilities of staff, as well as the commitment to continuous improvement, is also included in the EMS.
The Service consists of three Sections: Publications Editing and Proofreading Section, Printing Section and Distribution Section.