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UN Environment Management Group Discuss Climate Neutral UN

10 December 2008: The 14th Senior Officials Meeting of the Environment Management Group (EMG) convened on 10 December 2008, in Poznań, Poland. Participants discussed: implementation of the 2007 commitment by the Chief Executives Board on moving towards a climate-neutral UN, including the development of a Climate Neutral Knowledge Management website that will document individual agency's greenhouse gas emissions and reductions; the cost implications and budgetary modalities of purchasing carbon offsets; and future EMG work, including a possible strategic process and the strategy for implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the 2010 biodiversity targets.

On the former, participants discussed the significant

contributions of air travel to the UN's climate footprint, and the

Issue Management Group on a Climate Neutral UN's agreement for a common

approach on whether to use the Radiative Forcing Index as a metric. [Meeting Website]