Environmental Management in the UN System

Working Towards Climate Neutral UN

On 5 June 2007, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon publicly called on all UN agencies, funds and programmes to ‘go green’ and become climate neutral.

Soon thereafter, the UN Chief Executives Board (CEB) released a statement endorsing the UN Climate Neutral Strategy, which asks UN entities to measure and reduce GHG emissions and to consider common options for offsetting.

To support these efforts, the Issue Management Group (IMG) on Environmental Sustainability Management was created. The IMG is made up of representatives from the majority of UN agencies, funds and programmes; its mandate is to help implement the UN Climate Neutral Strategy by measuring and reducing the UN’s greenhouse gas emissions. This is done via ‘greening’ UN facilities, meetings and travel and advocating sustainable procurement. Each year progress towards reducing the UN’s emissions is published in a report entitled Moving Towards Climate Neutral UN.

An essential part of the IMG’s work is to engage with staff across the UN and to help them to reduce their individual footprints. GreeningtheBlue.org has been created as the one-stop shop for UN staff and others with an interest in creating a more sustainable UN. The site provides a wealth of tools, publications and other downloadable materials (such as striking screensavers, posters and presentations) to help engage audiences in greening activities. Greening the Blue also presents green news and case studies from around the UN System.

IMG meeting information, documents and formal decisions can be found on this EMG web page on sustainability management, on Unite Connections and on www.greeningtheblue.org.


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