這場會議是由聯合國環境規劃署主辦，瑞典國防研究局、聯合國戰地支援部、聯合國駐蘇丹部隊及環境法律研究院（Environmental Law Institute）協辦，目的是關心如何將永續行動的實踐與和平及救援任務結合在一起。其中包含研發新科技以確保水及能源效率，或是替代的建築技術來減少砍伐森林。
The impact of United Nations peacekeeping operations on natural resources such as wood and water can affect not only the environment of countries in conflict but the effectiveness of the peacekeeping missions themselves, military and civilian aid experts said today in Nairobi.
Convened by the UN Environment Programme and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the workshop focused on the protection of the environment during conflict.
At the end of February, there were 90,605 UN peacekeepers serving as troops, police or military observers in 20 missions around the world, according to UN statistics, with 120 countries contributing uniformed personnel.
UN post-conflict assessments indicate that the stress placed on vulnerable environments by the needs of peacekeepers can be severe, from the timber used for construction and to drinking water and livestock for feeding the troops.
Yet, experts told the meeting that by adopting sustainable procurement policies the international community can make a major contribution to more sustainable peacekeeping and relief operations.
Better planning and management practices could reduce demand and even contribute to overall recovery, peacebuilding and development prospects in crisis-affected regions, says UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
"The primary role of international peacekeeping forces and aid agencies is to keep the peace and support vulnerable communities during difficult and distressing times. But they also have the responsibility to ensure that their presence and operations have a minimal ecological footprint and do not aggravate environmental degradation, which may be a dimension of the conflict," said Steiner.
The meeting, hosted by UNEP and co-organized by the Swedish Defence Research Agency, the UN Department of Field Support, the UN Mission in Sudan, and the Environmental Law Institute, looked at ways to integrate sustainable practices into peacekeeping and relief operations.
These include new technologies to ensure water and energy efficiency, or alternative construction techniques to minimize deforestation.
"There is a growing awareness of the need for action," said Steiner, "and momentum is now building to find ways of protecting the environment and the long-term livelihoods of affected communities."
"Some agencies are already leading the way. Their examples of good practice must be built upon to promote this important agenda," he said.