Green Meetings GuideFace-to-face meetings

Whether it's the Olympic Games or a village festival, events have environmental and social impacts which can and should be reduced. The UN, like many large international organizations, convenes an impressive number of meetings each year, from small workshops to high-profile international summits. Making our meetings more sustainable is not just critical for reducing our impact - it's also an effective way of communicating our values.

The Green Meeting Guide was designed to provide insights into the ways in which small and medium sized meetings can be set up and run sustainably. Containing everything from background information and justifications for the necessity of green meetings, the guide also provides a checklist to assist organizers during the implementation process.

Sustainable Events GuideThe Sustainable Events Guide 2012 has been developed as a follow-up document and has a broader scope covering larger indoor events, and social and environmental considerations. These guidelines are particularly useful for those taking their first steps in the field of event sustainability, but also provide inspiration and a new perspective for those with experience and who have more ambitious aspirations.

The guides are the result of collaboration with the International Annual Meeting on Language Arrangements, Documentation and Publications , the UN Office in Nairobi and was authored by the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives.


Virtual meetings

The information below provides advice and guidance on how to conduct succesful virtual meetings:

A. Benefits & successful approaches to virtual meetings (PPT presentation)

B. Guide to successful virtual meetings (PDF)

C. Guide to successful virtual meetings - summary (PDF)

D. 12 success factors for virtual meetings (PDF)

Find out more about sustainable meetings from our publications and tools.

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