The UN celebrates WED by 'Greening the Blue'

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’.

Since then a common approach to measuring greenhouse gas emissions has been agreed across the UN family, and in 2009 the UN published baseline details of its greenhouse gas emissions for 2008.

Now, a new website has been developed to improve the UN’s communications on it’s internal sustainability performance.


Greening the Blue is being launched on Friday 4 June as part of the celebrations for World Environment Day (Saturday 5 June).

The website shows what is happening to make the UN more sustainable and provides advice to staff on how they can contribute. More specifically the website includes:

The greenhouse gas inventories of 49 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

If you’d like to get involved in Greening the Blue, visit

Further information

Greening the Blue is a Sustainable United Nations initiative launched in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme and the UN Environment Management Group.

For more information about Greening the Blueplease contact or call Imogen Martineau on 0044 207 841 8939.


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