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
The majority of UN system organizations have now designated climate neutral focal points. Eight of them have established internal task forces to address climate neutrality within their organization, while ten have designated a "senior-level champion" to drive the process.