Human Rights and Environment


IMG on Human Rights and the Environment

In line with the UN Secretary-General’s Call to Action for Human Rights, EMG will support the efforts to ensure a more coherent and consistent UN system-wide approach to human rights and the environment.

EMG Senior Officials agreed to establish an Issue Management Group (IMG) on Human Rights and the Environment during the 26th EMG Senior Officials Meeting in October 2020. The work of the IMG will draw on the findings of relevant EMG processes, initiatives, and nexus dialogues, including the dialogues organized on 24 July and 22 September 2020 on the human right to a healthy environment and the Workshop held on 23 September 2020 with EMG focal points.   

Objective and scope

The objective of the IMG is to integrate the human right to a healthy environment into the work of the UN to ensure a coherent and rights-based approach to environmental action throughout the UN system.


Under the leadership of EMG, OHCHR, and UNEP, the IMG will be composed of focal points nominated by EMG members. IMG meetings will be organized by the EMG Secretariat, OHCHR, and UNEP, primarily through electronic means. Meetings may be open to observers from non-UN entities whose knowledge, activities or expertise will be relevant and useful to the work of the IMG.


The first meeting of the  IMG on Human Rights and the Environment will be held on Wednesday, 17 February from 3.00pm – 4.30pm Geneva Time. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and agree on the IMG’s Terms of Reference, including its scope and deliverables. 

Meeting Documents