UN sustainability Focal Points meet in New York

Wed, 24/11/10

Representatives from across the UN have come together for two-day meeting to agree the next steps in making the UN more sustainable.

The 3rd meeting of the Issue Management Group on Sustainability Management took place in New York at the end of October. Over 50 individuals attended the meeting (either in person or via phone link) in their formal capacity as formal Focal Points with responsibility for implementing the UN Climate Neutral Strategy.

The meeting was chaired by Niclas Svenningsen, Head of the Sustainable United Nations team, which coordinates and supports the IMG.

Commenting on the outcome of the meeting, Niclas said:

“There was a great level of energy in the room, and a lot of enthusiasm for this work. Our key challenge is to raise awareness higher up the organization of why this is important and what needs to happen next. Achieving that will be top of our priorities for 2011.”

The meeting agenda included discussions about this year’s greenhouse gas inventory process, the generation of the first generation of Emission Reduction Strategies for UN organizations and the status of carbon offsets. There were also sessions on efforts to reduce the impacts from UN activities such as travel, building management and procurement.

A full report of the meeting can be found on the UN Environment Management Group website.

The next report on the UN’s sustainability performance will be published in February 2011.