The sixth meeting of the EMG Consultative Process on Environmental and Social Sustainability ESS took place in New York from July 13th to July 14th, 2016, co-chaired by UNEP and UNDP. The purpose of the meeting was to re-activate the broader consultative process in the ESS work, after having completed the ESS pilot in a selected number of agencies, and to have a forward looking, strategic discussion on how the EMG and the Consultative Process could further support the UN system in its efforts to enhance environmental and social sustainability in the context of the 2030 Agenda.
The 5th meeting of the EMG Consultative Process on Environmental and Social Sustainability was held by teleconference on 13 May 2014 to review the progress made since its retreat in June 2013 and to discuss follow-up activities and recommendations a on the next steps of the Process for consideration of the 20th EMG senior officials meeting in September 2014.
The 4th meeting of the Consultative Process was held as a retreat on the implementation of the Environmental and Social Sustainability Framework in the United Nations from 3 to 5 June 2013 in Bogis Bossey, Switzerland. The meeting was co-chaired by UNEP and UNDP, hosted by the the secretariat of the Environment Management Group.
The 3rd meeting of the EMG consultative process on environmental and social sustainability was held in form of a teleconference on 31 May 2012 to review the progress made in the follow up of the UN Sustainability Report and Framework and to discuss further actions in the second stage of the consultative process including preparations for the 18th meeting of the EMG Senior Officials.
The second consultative meeting of the EMG process on environmental and social safeguards was held on 14-15 March 2011 in Geneva International Environment House I. The meeting was co-chaired by UNEP and UNDP, hosted by the EMG secretariat to review progress made in the preparation of options for a UN system wide approach to environmental and social safeguards; consideration of a draft Statement of the CEB and a draft UN system-wide strategy on ESS.
The first workshop on safeguards was hosted by the World Bank, 24 June 2010. By the end of the workshop, participants had considered the main opportunities and challenges related to environmental and social safeguards in the UN system, and agreed on a process and next steps to prepare an approach to safeguards in the UN system for consideration by the EMG senior officials meeting in September 2010.