The 26th session of UNEP's GC/GMEF is conducted as a Green Meeting

In line with UNEP's Climate Neutral Strategy, the 26th session of UNEP's Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) will be conducted as a "Green Meeting". The meeting will follow the recommendations of the Green Meeting Guide and aims to have reduced emissions, minimum waste and minimum impact on natural resources and bio-diversity. Delivering "green meetings" is just one of the commitments made in the UNEP Climate Neutral Strategy which was published in September 2010 and ensures that the organization undertake all its work in more sustainable ways.


UNEP is climate neutral since 1 January 2008. This is achieved through reducing greenhouse gas emissions and by compensating remaining emissions through procurement of carbon credits. UNEP's Climate Neutral Strategy guides the actions necessary to reduce emissions, sets emission reduction targets and establishes how the organization procures carbon credits to offset the remaining emissions.


Delegates will notice "green elements" throughout the meeting. The Delegates' Guide to a Green UNEP GC-26/GMEF describes our greening efforts more detail and highlights how delegates can take part in making the 26th session of UNEP's Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) greener than ever before.


The GC-26/GMEF is conducted as a paperless meeting


The GC secretariat has put in place a paperless conferencing system with all conference documents accessible online. There is therefore no need for paper printouts.


Already in 2009, delegates joined UNEP's efforts to avoid unnecessary printing whenever possible at the previous GC-25/GMEF meeting. This resulted in a reduction of about 300.000 sheets of paper, or 11% of paper and print, compared to the GC in 2007.


The target of paper savings this year is 90%, compared to 2009. This is well possible, if delegates and other participants make most use of accessing conference documents electronically from their laptops.


Drinking water will be provided without producing plastic waste


Large water dispensers will be used to provide delegates with safe drinking water. In breaking with the practice of serving water in plastic bottles, the Secretariat is preventing the waste of about 8000 to 10000 plastic water bottles. Alternatively recyclable paper cups are available. Even better, mugs with the UNEP emblem can be purchased, used throughout the conference and taken home as a souvenir.


Delegates will enjoy a "green venue", thanks to a host of initiatives that UNON maintains in establishing an environmental management system for the UNEP headquarter in Nairobi


Among the numerous measures that make the venue green are:

  • Waste reduction and recycling of all glass, paper, and plastic waste
  • All organic waste is composted
  • Energy efficient light bulbs in conference rooms, meeting room and the offices
  • Water saving and recycling of grey water for irrigation
  • The ISO 14001:2004 certified print-shop, minimizing the negative environmental impact of the printing process
  • Diesel engine vehicles provided by UNON's transport pool drive exclusively on bio-diesel
  • Biodiversity enhancing gardening and landscaping
  • "Green menus" will be offered at the cafeteria, prepared from largely organic and entirely locally produced and locally processed foods


Delegates will be informed about greening efforts and other news of the GC-26/GMEF via the screensaver that can be setup on all laptops.


Learn more about the "green venue" and be part of making the GC-26/GMEF greener than ever before