EMG Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference (TOR) of the EMG were approved in 2000 by the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC), which has since been replaced by the Chief Executives Board on Coordination (CEB).

It followed a process of consultation carried out through the ACC’s Inter-Agency Committee on Sustainable Development (IACSD) and UN Environment’s Committee of Permanent Representatives in Nairobi. The TOR was presented in a report from the eighth special session of Governing Council of UN Environment to the General Assembly.

The Terms of Reference were updated in 2017, adding new Rules of Procedure and references to the 2030 Agenda. The updated TOR were endorsed by the EMG Senior Officials at their 23rd Meeting. EMG reports on its cooperation and achievements to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and other intergovernmental bodies as needed. It also interacts with other Interagency Bodies especially the Chief Executives Board of Coordination (CEB) and its subsidiary bodies.

About EMG

The Environment Management Group (EMG) is a United Nations (UN) 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 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.