United Nations Environment Management Group
The Environment Management Group (EMG) seeks to enhance coopera- tion in the field of environment and human settlements within and beyond the UN system. Established following the adoption of General Assembly resolution 53/242 in 1999, the EMG draws its membership from the specialized agencies, funds and programmes of the UN system and the secretariats of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). UNEP provides the secretariat.
The EMG adopts an issue-management approach aimed at promoting solutions to and joint action on important and newly emerging issues on the environment and human settlements agenda. The EMG:
- Identifies issues on the environment and human settlements agenda requiring enhanced interagency cooperation;
- Addresses these issues through time-bound issue-management groups (IMGs) consisting of relevant UN entities as well as other stakeholders with proven expertise in the area;
- Provides a forum for its members to share their views or concerns on issues of common interest, to review progress or identify obstacles, to convey their views on certain issues to intergovernmental forums and processes and to other relevant forums, and to set a roadmap for the future;
- Contributes to the implementation of the environmental dimentions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
- Supports the deepening of synergies in the implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements;
- Promotes mainstreaming of environmental considerations in the work of UN agencies and works to enhance the environmental sustainability performance of UN agencies at the policy-, programmes- and operational levels.
The EMG’s main mandate is to enhance cooperation and joint action within and beyond the UN system, including the Bretton Woods institutions and WTO. It also establishes concrete working relationships with NGOs, other civil society groups and the private sector.