Following the Secretary-General's urging to “lead by example”, the CEB decided in October 2007 to move towards a climateneutral UN. A UN Climate Neutral Strategy devised through the UN's Environment Management Group provides the framework for doing so.

In accordance with the strategy CEB members committed to achieve the following by 2009:

  • Estimate greenhouse gas emissions consistent with accepted international standards;
  • Undertake efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the extent possible; and
  • Analyze the cost implications and explore budgetary modalities- including consulting with governing bodies as needed - of purchasing carbon offsets to eventually reach climate neutral