The Environment Management Group was established in 2001 pursuant to the General Assembly resolution 53/242, paragraph 5, which supported the proposal of the Secretary-General to establish an environmental management group for the purpose of enhancing United Nations system-wide inter-agency coordination related to specific issues in the field of environment and human settlements. The work of the EMG is determined by consensus of the 51 Member Agencies who gather at the annual Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) and its respective technical segment, in the margins of the UN General Assembly. Mid-term meetings are also held to update Members on progress made by the EMG.

25th Senior Officials Meeting of the United Nations Environment Management Group (SOM 25)

In conjunction with the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019, the 25th Senior Officials Meeting of the Environment Management Group was held in New York on Wednesday, 25th September, from 8.00 to 10.00 am local time at the General Assembly (GA) Building Conference Room 7 (CR7) 1st Basement. 

The Senior Officials Meeting was preceded by a meeting of its technical segment, which was held as an audio-video conference on Tuesday 17 September, from 3pm to 5.30pm CET


Meeting Documents

  1. Senior Segment (25 September 2019)

EMGSOM.25_1b_Logistics Note-Senior Segment

EMGSOM.25_2b- Provisional Agenda for the Senior Segment

Working Documents

EMGSOM.25_3a- Summary of Action points

EMGSOM.25_5- Strategic Discussion Note

2. Technical Segment (17 September 2019)

EMGSOM.25_2a- Provisional Agenda for the Technical Segment 

EMGSOM.25_3- Progress Report and Recommended Actions

EMGSOM.25_4- Potential Topics for Future Work

Information Documents

EMGSOM.25_INF_1- Presentation on the E-waste Coalition

EMSOM.25_INF_2- UN Model Approach to Environmental and Social Standards for UN programming

EMGSOM.25_INF_3- Strategy for Sustainability Management in the UN System

EMGSOM.25_INF_4- Minutes of the EMG meeting on Biodiversity

EMGSOM.25_INF_5- UN Decade of Ecosystem Restauration 2021-2030

EMGSOM.25_INF_6- Marine Litter

EMGSOM.25_INF_7- Sustainable Infrastructure

EMGSOM.25_INF_8- Sustainable Food Systems

EMGSOM.25_INF_9- Conclusions CBD OEWG1

EMGSOM.25_INF_10- Model Approach

Previous Meetings and Archives


The meetings of the Senior Officials of the EMG are planned as required to facilitate a timely approach to addressing emerging issues of high importance at the global environmental and human settlements agenda, and to integrate knowledge available in the UN system.

The Senior Officials of the EMG have, as of 2017, met twenty-three times at the purpose of discussing the progress and the future of the EMG works going forward, as well as its place in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Decisions taken during the most recent Senior Official Meetings can be found in the following reports: