About SOM21

The 21st meeting of the senior officials of the EMG (SOM21) held on 24 September 2015 took  place in the margins of the historic launch of the 2030 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to respond to increased expectations of Member States for more coherence and enhanced coordination from the UN system to support the sustainable development agenda as expressed in the outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference and the first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

The EMG senior officials provided their perspectives in a strategic and forward looking discussion on enhancing UN system-wide coherence and coordination of the environmental dimension of sustainable development.

Hosted by UNDP in New York, SOM21 provided a timely opportunity to strategize and provide a common message on how the UN system intends to support Member States in efforts to achieve the SDGs from an environmental perspective. Environmental sustainability considerations are an integral part of the SDG’s and the 2030 development agenda, constituting one of the five core elements of sustainable development proposed in the SG's Synthesis Report on the post-2015 development agenda.

The meeting was devoted to a strategic dialogue conducted through two panel discussions moderated by designated senior officials, deliberating the future role of the EMG addressing, for example, the following questions:

  1. What are the main challenges for the UN system as a whole in integrating and implementing the SDGs, in particular the environmental sustainability dimension?
  2. Would the response of the UN system to the environmental dimension of the sustainable development agenda benefit from enhanced coordination among the agencies active in these areas, and if so, what form should such enhanced coordination take?
  3. What can be the value and function of a System Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment?
  4. What should the role and contribution of the EMG be in the follow up of the 2030 development agenda and how could the effectiveness of the EMG be maximized?

The meeting documents are available here.