15th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM15) - 2009

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Summary

The 15th senior officials meeting of the Environment Management Group (EMG) was convened in the margins of the 64th session of the General Assembly in New York, on 23 September 2009. The meeting was co-chaired by Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP and Chair of EMG and Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP. The set of actions agreed by senior officials is presented in the report of the meeting.

Senior officials agreed to consolidate the work of the Issue Management Group (IMG) on a climate neutral United Nations and the IMG on sustainable procurement under a single IMG on sustainable management practices in the United Nations system. They gave guidance to the IMG for system-wide inputs to the formulation of the post-2010 biodiversity targets and established an IMG on land.

Furthermore, senior officials agreed to engage in the establishment of an IMG which would, within the context of global environmental change, work on joint and consistent messaging on measures needed to support the transition to a “green economy” and assess how the UN system can more coherently support countries in making such a transition.

Finally, senior officials initiated a consultation with members, the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and the High-level Committee on Management (HLCM) on options for the scope of and modalities for the development of a possible United Nations system-wide approach to environmental and social safeguards.

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