On 5 June (World Environment Day) 2007, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made public his ambition to make the United Nations more efficient in its operations:
“I would like to see our renovated Headquarters complex eventually become a globally acclaimed model of efficient use of energy and resources. Beyond New York, the initiative should include the other United Nations headquarters and offices around the globe.”
5 June 2007, Address to World Tourism Organization, World Environment Day.
At the October 2007 meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), the Executive Heads of UN agencies, funds and programmes committed to move their respective organizations towards climate neutrality. In particular, they agreed to:
For more details see the UN Climate Neutral Strategy.
Milliennium Development Goal 7 (Ensuring Environmental Sustainability) sets out four targets to be achieved by 2015. These are:
a) Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources
b) Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss
c) Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
d) By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers