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


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: