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.

26th Senior Officials Meeting of the United Nations Environment Management Group (SOM 26)

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 26th meeting of the EMG Senior Officials will take place on Wednesday 28 October 2020, from 2pm to 3.30pm CET , as a virtual meeting.

As per our usual practice, the SOM will be preceded by a meeting of the technical segment, also virtual, on Thursday 15 October 2020, from 3pm to 5pm CET

Midterm Meeting

The 26th Senior Officials Meeting of the EMG is preceded by a Mid-Term Technical meeting which was held as an audio-video conference on Wednesday, 29 April 2020 from 3.00pm to 5.00pm CET.

Meeting Documents:

  1. Logistics Note
  2. Provisional Agenda
  3. Progress Report
  4. Concept Note – Human Rights and the Environment
  5. Concept Note – Sustainable Food Systems


Previous Meetings and Archives



The Senior Officials of the EMG have, as of 2019, met twenty-five 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: