Greening the Blue Website Goes Live in the Run-up to World Environment Day
4 June 2010, Nairobi -Three years ago, on World Environment Day, 5 June 2007, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon publicly called on all UN agencies, funds and programmes to become climate neutral and 'go green'.
Today, on the eve of World Environment Day 2010, the United Nations is pleased to announce the launch of the Greening the Blue (www.greeningtheblue.org), a new website providing information the UN's progress in improving its internal sustainability performance.
The UN Secretary General has invited all UN staff to visit the website:
"Today, in conjunction with this year's observance of World Environment Day, we take another step forward with the launch of a new website, www.greeningtheblue.org. The site brings together the latest information about what the UN system is doing and offers suggestions for individuals and organizations to get involved."
More specifically the website includes:
The greenhouse gas inventories of most UN organizations;
Case studies from different UN organizations on what they're doing to 'go green';
A one-minute animation showing staff how they can help (available from 4 June);
Detailed tips and tools for staff in reducing their personal carbon footprints;
Toolkits for professional staff to help them embed sustainability into their workplace;
A standardized, web-based system that can be used by the whole UN family to calculate and take stock of greenhouse gas emissions, to be released later this year.
Greening the Blue represents one part of the United Nation's efforts to become more sustainable. The work is coordinated across the UN system by the Issue Management Group (IMG) on Sustainability Management, which reports to the United Nations Environment Management Group. The IMG is supported by the Sustainable United Nations facility.
For more information about Greening the Blue, please contact:
Imogen Martineau at firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 0044 207 841 8939
Notes to Editors:
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the voice for the environment in the UN system. Established in 1972, UNEP's mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP is an advocate, educator, catalyst and facilitator promoting the wise use of the planet's natural assets for sustainable development. It works with many partners, UN entities, international organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, business, industry, the media and civil society. UNEP's work involves providing support for: environmental assessment and reporting; legal and institutional strengthening and environmental policy development; sustainable use and management of natural resources; integration of economic development and environmental protection; and promoting public participation in environmental management.