Facilities Management

ISO 14000
Emergency Info
  • The Facilities Management unit of UNU Centre – Tokyo oversees the operation and maintenance of the UNU Headquarters Building and equipment, including the provision of an uninterrupted supply of utilities as well as the on-premises security and safety of staff, students and visitors.

    The UNU Headquarters Building was designed by renowned architect Dr. Kenzo Tange. The handover ceremony of the building by the Japanese Government took place on 30 June 1992, and the physical move of UNU into the new building was completed the following month. The official inauguration of the UNU headquarters building, held on 17 February 1993, was attended by then Secretary-General of the United Nations Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

  • The ISO 14000 international standards are used by organizations to manage their day-to-day operations with a minimum impact on the environment. ISO 14001 sets forth the requirements for an environmental management system (EMS) while ISO 14004 provides general EMS guidelines for addressing a wide range of issues, including:

    1. Ensuring top management’s commitment to continuous improvement, compliance and pollution prevention
    2. Creating and implementing environmental policies, including setting and meeting appropriate targets
    3. Integrating environmental considerations in day-to-day operating procedures
    4. Training employees in regard to their environmental obligations
    5. Conducting audits of the environmental management system

    The Four Goals

    As part of its commitment to the ideals and practices of environmental sustainability, UNU has established four goals for the continual improvement of University’s environmental performance and for the prevention of pollution: two concerned with “greening” and two focused on “making a contribution”. The UNU environmental policy is referred to as “Going for Green”.

    1. Bring about environmental improvements in our work practices (i.e., promoting green procurement, complying with environmental laws, reducing waste and energy consumption, etc.)
    2. Improve the quality of the working environment (i.e., internal air quality, water quality, light, health and safety)
    3. Contribute to the global community through our research projects and capacity building efforts
    4. Contribute to the local community through our activities and events.

    How Are Staff and Students Involved?

    While procedures related to the certification process — such as auditing, information management and preparation of EMS-related documents — are the responsibility of the UNU ISO 14001 Steering Committee, individual staff members and students are encouraged to:

    1. Participate in the ISO 14001 training sessions organized by the UNU ISO 14001 Steering Committee
    2. Work on environment-related projects that contribute to raising awareness around the world on pressing environmental problems
    3. Be involved in capacity building activities in support of the environment
    4. Take steps to implement waste recycling and resource & energy conservation measures
    5. Act in an environmentally friendly way every day by recycling paper, reducing and separating waste, turning-off electronic equipment when not in use, and so on.
  • This page provides information and resources that every UNU visitor and staff member should be aware of in order to be prepared to deal with a crisis or an emergency. This page is kept updated with new information and links, as available.


    UNU staff and visitors will be notified of the situation through a variety of mechanisms, including the website, e-mail and voicemail.

    This document gives you hands-on details about specific emergency situations, procedures and tools, including:

    • Fire safety instructions and building evacuation procedures
    • Immediate action to be taken upon finding a fire
    • A bomb threat checklist
    • How to handle anthrax and other biological threats
    • Preparing for emergencies in case of natural disasters
    • Your emergency kit
    • Emergency voice mail system.

    Always remember — DON’T PANIC!

  • Building and Administrative Officer
    United Nations University
    5-53-70 Jingumae
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    Japan 150-8925

    Tel.: +81 3 5467-1337

    E-mail: kawade@unu.edu