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Geneva Green Guide

United Nations Environment Management Group

UN EMG
Geneva Office
Secretariat of the Environment Management Group
International Environment House
11-13 Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine (Geneva)
Tel: 
(+41 22) 917 86 93
Fax: 
(+41 22) 797 43 20
Email: 
Description

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.

Organization: 
Intergovernmental organizations
Established: 
2001
Staff: 
5
Chief/Director: 
Hossein Fadaei
Activities: 

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.
Cooperation: 

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.

Keywords: 
health
desertification
atmosphere
consumption
ozone
technology
trade & environment
law
land & landuse
standards
human settlements
conventions
freshwater
seas
agenda 21
capacity building
oceans
information systems
poverty
energy
production
gender
chemicals
biological diversity
hazardous waste
forests
sustainable tourism
waste