About Greening the Blue

The UN system is made up of the organizations established by the Charter of the UN. Each organization is a legally independent international organization with its own rules, membership, organs and financial resources.

UN In house environmental sustainability management - where does it fit in?

The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) brings together the executive heads of the organizations that make up the UN system, under the chairmanship of the Secretary-General of the UN.

The agencies, funds and programmes of the UN system, together with the secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), are members of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG). The EMG is tasked with coordinating the UN’s efforts to move towards climate neutrality, and it works through a network of Focal Points from each organization.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides the secretariat for the EMG. The EMG Secretariat oversees the Issue Management Group (IMG) on Environmental Sustainability Management, which includes representatives from most UN organizations and meets on average three times a year, online and face-to-face. The IMG has established a harmonized, UN-wide approach to measuring the greenhouse gas emissions from all UN agencies, funds and programmes and shared emissions reduction plans and efforts. Each year the results are published in the Greening the Blue Report.

UNEP also hosts the Sustainable United Nations (SUN) facility. Established in 2008, SUN manages and supports the IMG on Environmental Sustainability Management and leads the UN’s efforts to measure and reduce its impacts. The SUN team is made up of individuals based in Geneva, Stockholm, Nairobi and London. Whilst much of SUN’s work goes on behind the scenes – securing a mandate, ensuring environmental considerations are factored into key UN initiatives, and providing templates, frameworks, technical support and advice to the IMG, there is also a UN-wide campaign to engage staff at all levels of the organization, detailing what’s happening to green the UN and how they can get involved. This campaign is Greening the Blue. 

Learn more about the people behind Greening the Blue on our Meet the SUN team page.

For more details read:

Terms of Reference of the IMG on Sustainability Management (Feb 2010)
See the full list of organizations that belong to the IMG