The Environment Management Group has managed to carry out and conclude various projects since its inception, which helped facing environment-related issues through a UN system-wide approach.
A brief overview of these projects is provided here below. For more detailed information, please refer to the Final Reports.
- Issue Management Group on Biodiversity:
The IMG on Biodiversity set out a cooperation based on a multi-sectoral policy perspective to the biodiversity challenge, confirmed that opportunities for improved mainstreaming exist, and demonstrated what a multi-sectoral approach can bring to the development and implementation of the biodiversity agenda. The Final Report signifies a milestone in a unique effort by the UN system to join hands in supporting the implementation of the biodiversity agenda by ‘delivering as one’.
Advancing the biodiversity agenda: A UN – system wide contribution
- Issue Management Group on Green Economy:
The aim of the IMG on Green Economy was to carry out an inter-agency assessment study on how the United Nations system could coherently support countries in transitioning to a green economy model, as well as to capture a common understanding of green economy and frame a coherent approach to appropriate measures needed to support green economic transitions at the international and country levels.
A United Nations System-wide Perspective
- Issue Management Group on Global Drylands:
Through this IMG, the UN system has come together to highlight the importance of drylands to key emerging issues on the global agenda, including climate change, food security and human settlements, by effectively bringing together the UN’s normative and analytic expertise, its operational and coordination capabilities, and its advocacy role at the country, regional level and global level.
Global Drylands: A UN system wide response
- Issue Management Group on the Sound Management of Chemicals and Wastes:
The objectives of this IMG were to raise the priority given to chemicals management in the broader UN system; promote integration of chemicals management issues in the context of economic and social development planning; and ensure additional synergies between UN organizations in supporting countries in activities to achieve the 2020 goal. The IMG also contributed to enhancing the profile of chemicals and wastes in the discussions on the SDGs and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
United Nations and the Sound management of Chemicals: Coordinating delivery for member states and sustainable development