The United Nations (UN) Environment Management Group (EMG) is a system-wide coordination body on environment and human settlements. It was established in 2001 pursuant to the General Assembly resolution 53/242 in July 1999.

The resolution supported the proposal of the Secretary-General to establish an environmental management group contained in his report on Environment and Human Settlements (A/53/463).

The EMG membership consists of the 51 specialized agencies, programmes and organs of the United Nations including the secretariats of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements.

The group is chaired by the Executive Director of UN Environment (UNEP) and supported by a secretariat provided by UN Environment . The Secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland.

The EMG identifies issues on the international environmental agenda that warrant cooperation, and finds ways of engaging its collective capacity in coherent management responses to those issues.

In accordance with its Terms of Reference the EMG works through technical meetings, Issue Management Groups and task forces. Representatives of intergovernmental bodies, civil society and international non-governmental organizations can be invited to contribute. Find out more about EMG Governance.

"Because environmental issues underpin so many of the Agenda’s goals, they provide many opportunities to align efforts within the United Nations, as well as with governments, scientists, the private sector, civil society and communities. That is why the 51 agencies in the United Nations Environment Management Group are converging their strategies, sharing their experiences and showing what works and where more must be done. The diverse examples highlighted in this report include joint initiatives on pollution, climate refugees and financing."
António Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations
"The planet is sending a clear message -- to act and that too within a short time-frame or lose the ability to turn things around."
Erik Solheim
EMG Chair and UN Under-Secretary-General