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  • IMGs
    • Biodiversity

      In October 2010, the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya Japan, adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity including a set of global biodiversity targets as a revitalized biodiversity agenda for implementation in 2011-2020.

      Implementing the Biodiversity Strategic Plan requires a multi-sectoral integration and mainstreaming of the biodiversity targets across the strategies and activities including those of the United Nations agencies.

      The Environment Management Group has contributed to the preparation of the Strategic Plan by providing the UN system perspectives on the post 2010 biodiversity challenges and their relevance to human well-being and social and economic development goals, including poverty reduction in the Report “Advancing the biodiversity agenda: A UN system-wide contribution”. The report was welcomed by CBD 10th Conference of the Parties (COP10) in Nagoya Japan in October 2010.

      Following the decisions of the CBD COP10 and 11 , senior officials of the EMG have continued their contribution in supporting the implementation of the Strategic Plan.

      Based on the Progress report on the contribution of the UN system to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020), and the important work of the Issue Management Group on Biodiversity in identifying areas of cooperation, sharing of tasks in implementation of the targets and planning future activities in support of the targets, thus far, the IMG will be continued for another year to finalize its on-going tasks and contribute to the mid-term evaluation of progress in the implementation of the Strategic Framework for Biodiversity to be discussed at CBD COP12 in 2014.

    • Green Economy

      There is growing realization of the potential that transiting to a “green economy” holds not only as a short-term response to multiple global crises, but also for longer-term sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

      The 15th senior officials meeting of the Environment Management Group (EMG) in September 2009 set up a new Issue Management Group (IMG) on a “green economy” to assess how the UN system can more coherently support countries in making the transition to a “green economy” and work on joint and consistent messaging on measures needed to support this transition.

      The UN report : “ Working towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy: A United Nations System-wide Perspective” was prepared as a UN system contribution to the Rio+20 Conference providing how the UN system and Bretton Woods institutions can collectively assist countries in making this transition.

      The inter-agency Issue Management Group on green economy is engaged in supporting the implementation of the outcome document of the Rio+20 by serving as a mechanism for UN system-wide outreach, information sharing, awareness raising and coordination on inclusive green economies, building on the existing information, knowledge and experiences of the EMG members.

      To access the report click here

    • Environmental Sustainability Management in the UN System

      The UN’s journey towards climate neutrality began on 5 June 2007 when UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon publicly called on all UN agencies, funds and programmes to ‘go green’ and become climate neutral.

      At the October 2007 meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), the Executive Heads of UN agencies, funds and programmes committed to move their respective organizations towards climate neutrality.

      At the Rio+20 Conference in 2012, Member States requested that the UN improve management of facilities and operations, by taking into account sustainable development practices. (The Future We Want, para. 96).

      A year later, the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), chaired by the Secretary-General, committed to implement Environmental Management Systems (EMS) in each organization, through a gradual, voluntary and flexible process, focusing on low-investment and high-return initiatives. In addition, they committed to mainstream EMS in programming and planning processes.

      Most recently in 2015, heads of UN system organisations committed to reach Climate Neutrality by 2020 through a combination of emission reduction initiatives and purchase of offsets; and adopted the UN Roadmap towards Climate Neutrality by 2020.


    • Drylands

      More than two billion people depend on the world’s arid and semi-arid lands. Preventing land degradation and supporting sustainable development in drylands has major implications for food security, climate change and human settlement.

      In the context of the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification, the UN system is engaged through a shared strategy to rise to the challenge of addressing the special needs of these vital zones.

      The Report: Global Drylands, a UN System wide Response prepared by 18 UN agencies provides a UN system wide approach in supporting the Drylands agenda. The report looks into the drylands issues in the context of human well-being and provides a positive investment approach in addressing the dylands challenges. It illustrates the many ways in which the UN system is identifying opportunities to mainstream the drylands agenda into the policy-making process.

      The 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention to Combat Desertifciation and Droughts (UNCCD) has invited the Environment Management Group to prepare an Action Plan to implement the findings of the Global Drylands Report though an Inter-agency Issue Management Group on land. The work of the Group is inspired by the outcome document of  the Rio+20 and aims to contribute to the post 2015 development agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals.   


    • Inter-agency Issue Management Group on Tackling E-waste

      Towards Eco-design and a Life-cycle Approach for E-product

      E-waste is a term used to cover items of all types of electrical and electronic equipment and its parts that have been discarded by the owner as waste without the intention of re-use. E-waste is generally categorized as hazardous waste if toxic materials such as mercury, lead and brominated flame retardants are contained.

      E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in developed as well as in developing countries. The decreasing life-span of products such as computers and mobile phones has reduced significantly in developed countries, subsequently increasing the amount of e-waste generated per year. This has a major impact on developing countries because much of this hazardous material is exported from developed to developing countries. Rudimentary methods like open burning, which are widely used by the informal sector in developing countries to recover valuable materials, have heavy impacts on the environment and human health

      In response to a substantial increase in e-waste generation worldwide and taking into consideration the many existing initiatives and active stakeholders in the UN system in the area of e-waste, at their 21st meeting in September 2015, the Senior Officials of the UN Environment Management Group considered a proposal put forth by the International Telecommunication Union to establish an inter-agency Issue Management Group. Established in May, 2016, the Group focuses on promoting system-wide coordinated action and collaboration in the area of e-waste as well as effectively supporting Member States in their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

      In 2017, the Group published a report on the United Nation’s System-wide Response to Tackling E-waste, which mapped the characteristics of UN e-waste initiatives and the UN entities involved. Several recommendations were provided in the report, which have resulted in three work streams currently underway:

      Work Stream One involves two objectives, which include the strengthening of programmatic collaboration through undertaking analysis of UN entities’ decisions, mandates and programmes on tackling e-waste; whilst also mapping the various stakeholders involved in e-waste outside the UN system. 

      Work Stream Two is focusing on the development of a draft work plan which will detail the substantive and operational elements required to establish an online standalone knowledge sharing platform on e-waste, to support communication and knowledge sharing among UN entities.   

      Work Stream Three aims to deepen the liaison between the expertise held in this Issue Management Group on Tackling E-waste, and the corporate work on procurement and waste management undertaken internally within the UN system. 

    • Sound Management of Chemicals and Wastes

      The Global Chemicals Outlook (GCO) in 2012 alerted the international community to the rapidly changing nature and size of chemicals related challenges and the chemicals intensification of the economies of developing countries and countries in economic transition. Though chemicals are a major contributor to national economies, sound management throughout their lifecycle is essential not only to avoid significant risks to human health and ecosystems along with their associated economic costs, but also to maximize the full benefits of their contribution to human well-being and achieve sustainable development objectives.

      Chemicals management is a cross-sectoral issue and, in most countries, responsibility is divided among different authorities. Effective implementation of the chemical-related MEAs1 a strong institutional mechanisms to facilitate collaboration with other sectors. Finding ways to engage the collective capacity of the UN organisations in enhancing coherent management responses to sound chemicals management is therefore of crucial importance.

      In response to the Rio+20 outcome and decisions of various intergovernmental processes such as the chemicals-related MEAs, that have called for a more systematic approach for cooperation and coordination in the implementation of chemicals-related agreements and instruments, the Environment Management Group (EMG) set up an Issue Management Group (IMG) in January 2014, to provide a coherent system-wide support to the work towards achieving sound management of chemicals and wastes.

      The inter-agency Issue Management Group on the Sound Management of Chemicals and Wastes builds upon the work of the The Inter-Organization Programme For The Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC), and the knowledge and experiences of the EMG members to position sound management of chemicals as a vital element underpinning sustainable development and green economy. Its tasks include providing a coordinated system-wide input to the achievement of the World Summit of Sustainable Development 2020 goal on chemicals and supporting the intergovernmental process on the negotiations of the post 2015 outcome document.


  • Consultative Processes
    • Environmental Management Peer Review

      The Rio+20 outcome document called upon the UN system to integrate sustainable development across its work including in improving management of its facilities and operations taking into account sustainable development practices and building on existing efforts for ensuring cost effectiveness. The UN Secretary General has expressed its determination to have the UN lead by example and maintain sustainability as a top priority.

      In the last few years , the UN entities have individually or collectively through the support of the EMG and the UN SUN facility engaged in a range of corporate environmental sustainability measures. Heads of agencies and the CEB  engaged in the process through  the 2007 UN Climate Neutral Strategy and the 2013 decision to implement Environment Management Systems.

      The work carried by the EMG and UNEP SUN in support of environmental sustainability has provided  a good base for undertaking a review of effectiveness of such measures and share lessons learned for further cooperation.

      It was in this context, that the Senior Officials of the EMG at their 18th meeting in November 2012 agreed to establish a peer-review process on the environmental profile of the EMG members  strongly inspired by the OECD, UNECE and other Peer-Review processes. UNIDO, on behalf of the UN entities based in the Vienna International Centre, WMO and UNEP were the first three volunteers for the peer-reviews during the pilot phase in 2013-2014. The IMF was peer reviewed in 2015. In 2016-2017 the peer review concept is being trialled at field level, where the field offices of WFP, UNOPS, UNDP and UNRWA in Amman, Jordan are reviewed for their environmental performance.

      A review of the environmental performance of a volunteer UN entity is carried out by Peer Review teams composed of representatives from UN entities, international organizations, and stakeholders such as local government authorities. The principles that govern the EMG peer review process  include mutual trust among peers, voluntary participation, factual evidence, independent assessment and non-binding recommendation which differentiates it from traditional environmental and energy audits.

      The Peer Review process is guided by the Peer Review Body (PRB), composed of representatives from various UN entities, that has a supervisory function for the program and a reviewing function of individual UN entities including the finalization of the recommendations. The PRB meets when reports the Peer Review Report is ready for discussion and validation. The PRB reports to the EMG SOM and is supported by the EMG Secretariat.

      Each Peer Review Report  includes two standard topics for review: GHG emissions from travel and GHG emissions from buildings and two or more optional themes chosen by the reviewed entity such as sustainable procurement, waste management, water management, ICT and greening events and meetings, local transport, staff awareness involvement, training and environmental liability. The boundary for the reviews varies significantly depending on the entity. The report also provides a chapter of recommendations for consideration of the PRB. 

      The Peer Review process contributes to enhanced individual and collective performance of participating entities. The EMG peer review mechanism is a way to strengthen the UN leadership role and the UN support to its Member States in furthering the global sustainability agenda. This is in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Secretary General determination to have the UN lead by example and maintain sustainability as top priority.


    • Environmental and Social Sustainability

      Environmental and Social Sustainability (ESS) is the adaption and integration of precautionary environmental and social principles and considerations into decision making processes. As part of the United Nations’ commitment to support nationally-owned sustainable development results, UN entities across the system are committed to internalizing the principles they stand for -  leading by example and maintaining credibility as a partner in sustainable development. A key element of this is enhancing the environmental and social sustainability of the UN’s activities.

      In 2012, members of the UN Environment Management Group prepared a  A Framework for Advancing Environmental and Social Sustainability in the UN system. The Framework provides a basic architecture for integrating environmental and social sustainability measures into policies, programmes, and operations of the UN, and provides recommendations about measures to be taken at the individual agency level as well as across the UN-system.

      In order to help and encourage UN entities to start implementing the Framework, the EMG Consultative Process prepared an Interim Guide for Advancing the Environmental and Social Sustainability Framework in the UN System that was published in 2014.  The Guide is based on the agencies’ current practices for incorporating, implementing and reporting on sustainability measures, and aims to provide an understanding of the minimum requirements and essential actions needed to move towards sustainability in each institution.

      In 2015, the EMG carried out a pilot project to test the utility of the ESS Framework and the Interim Guide in seven volunteer United Nations (UN) entities. The pilot was initiated with a view to share lessons learned, improve the understanding of the practical implications of implementing the Sustainability Framework, and to improve the Framework and the Guide based on the pilot agencies’ experiences in applying them in practice. A Synthesis Report with the results of the pilot project can be found here.

      At their 22nd meeting in September 2016, the EMG Senior Officials decided to extend the Consultative Process on ESS to focus on updating the Interim Guide based on lessons learned in the pilot phase; explore options for strengthening a common approach at the projects/programmes entry point of the Framework; and to focus on communication aspects of the ESS Framework, in particular to develop a communications piece to clarify the link between the ESS Framework and the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs and to develop a plan for how to strengthen communication about the Framework to external stakeholders such as Member States.


    • UN System-Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment (SWFS)

      Environmental issues, in particular those of global concern to the international community, are inherently multidimensional and the various subsets of environmental, economic and social issues and interests are interconnected. At the same time, however, individual institutions, including most of the bodies, funds, programmes and specialized agencies of the United Nations system, are each established with specific mandates and limited jurisdiction. As a result, policies and actions on environmental and environment-related matters within the UN system have often been handled in a manner independent from the decision-making processes and activities of other organizations dealing with the same or similar matters. Efforts are thus required to enable more effective coordination in the handling of environmental and environment-related matters within the UN system.

      Against this background, the development of a UN System Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment (SWFS) was proposed and supported by Member States and the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP in June 2014.

      The (SWFS) was prepared by the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) as a collaborative framework to achieve greater synergy, collaboration and coherence in the UN system’s work on the environment to support Member States in the delivery of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The Framework was endorsed by the Senior Officials of the EMG on 30 March 2016, and launched at the second session of UNEA on May 25th, 2016 in Nairobi.

      The SWFS has two main, mutually reinforcing objectives:

      • Objective 1:

      Enhance cooperation and collaboration across the UN system on environment in support of implementing the 2030 Agenda, by identifying the steps taken by individual UN organizations to deepen the consistency of their strategies and activities with the 2030 Agenda, in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, as well as by facilitating a structured and timely exchange of relevant knowledge and information.

      • Objective 2:

      Strengthen the UN systems’ capacity and synergies to enhance integration of the environment dimension of the 2030 Agenda by, inter alia, drawing on the experiences of others, exchanging good policy and practice, leveraging the research and data systems of UN system entities, and identifying new opportunities for cooperation.

      Following the launch of the SWFS, a plan of action to follow up and implement the Framework as well as an outline of the SWFS Synthesis Report was shared with the Consultative Process for its consideration.

      In November 2016, the first SWFS survey was launched to gather information on EMG Member Agencies’ support and contributions to the implementation of the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Information gathered with the help of the survey will be analysed and compiled into the first in a series of annual Synthesis Reports, that will serve as one of the main vehicles for implementation of the SWFS.

      A Zero Draft of the first Synthesis Report is expected to be shared with EMG Members in spring 2017.

  • Meetings
  • Resources
  • Task Teams
    • Maximizing the effectiveness of the EMG

      The Environment Management Group was established in 2001, pursuant to the General Assembly resolution 53/242 , following the reform agenda of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to improve inter-agency coordination in the field of the environment and human settlements. The EMG was expected to provide a forum and a mechanism to enhance complementarity between the analytical/normative activities and the operational role of the UN system agencies through adopting a problem-solving, results oriented approach, promoting coordination, information exchange, joint action and synergy among  the UN agencies on environment and human settlement issues.

      In light of the post 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States invited the Executive Director of UN Environment to examine if the EMG, after having functioned for 15 years, has responded to the expectations and whether it is fit to respond to today’s coordination challenges in the field of environment. Resolution 11 of the First Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UN Environment, invited the Executive Director of UN Environment as Chair of the EMG, to identify possible measures to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the Group in consultation with the Secretary-General and the Chief Executives Board, and to submit a report with recommendations to the UNEA for consideration at its second session.

      The 20th meeting of the Senior Officials of the EMG (2014) considered this issue and agreed to establish a task team to consider the EMG’s mandate, Terms of Reference, effectiveness and fitness for purpose more broadly, including its contribution to the 2030 Agenda.

      At their 21st meeting (2015), the Senior Officials considered a draft report by the Task Team and decided to extend the mandate of the Task Team to finalize the report taking into account the comments of the Senior Officials. The report Maximizing the effectiveness of the EMG in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was issued by the Task Team for submission to the Second Session of UNEA. The report captures key findings and recommendations by the Task Team covering procedural issues related to EMG’s modalities of work as well as substantives issues related to EMG’s mandate and future focus to maximize its effectiveness in supporting the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

      Resolution 2/5 of the Second Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, requested the Executive Driector of UN Environment to report on progress on the implementation of the recommendations and findings of the effectiveness report to its next session. Consequently, at their 22nd meeting (2016), the EMG Senior Officials requested the Task Team to prepare a proposal for implementing the recommendations in the EMG effectiveness report for consideration of SOM23 and the third session of the UNEA. 

      The Task Team will continue its work focussing on the EMG Terms of Reference and strengthening the EMG modalities and procedures of work.  

      In addition to the EMG Effectiveness Report, the Task Team has prepared the paper “Supporting implementation of the environmental dimension of the SDGs - identifying linkages between the SDGs and existing international environmental goals and processes”. The paper examines SDG implementation measures and implementation processes for existing internationally agreed environmental objectives in three areas: SCP, biodiversity and chemicals and waste management. It builds on existing reports, analyses and information on the linkages between the SDGs and existing international environmental goals and processes.

  • EMG Nexus Dialogues Series

    The adoption the 2030 Agenda, in 2015, has challenged each UN agency to rethink their mission in terms of the Sustainable Development Goals. Previously, the Millennium Development Goals had guided the work of the UN and Member States, confining environmental challenges to a single goal, to ‘Ensure Environmental Sustainability’. The SDGs have expanded upon the complexities and brevity of environmental issues, having no fewer than six goals which primarily focus upon environmental sustainability. The SDGs also demand, to a greater extent, a holistic and integrated approach to the implementation of the three dimensions of sustainable development.

    The EMG provides a service to the operationalization of environmental issues within the UN system by promoting coordination, information exchange and joint action among the UN agencies. The 17 SDGs present many new opportunities for synthesis among agencies. Taken individually, the SDGs can attract and energize specific agencies, ministries, and expert communities. Taken together, they can incite consideration as to how, between goals, environmental dimensions interact with each other, and with social and economic dimensions. This holistic approach offers opportunities for synergist work and cumulative effects, but also raise the thorny challenge of competing goals.

    Techniques for addressing interactions between sectors are required. One such technique considers the spaces between or overlaps amid goals, the nexus.

    The nexus concept has clear relevance to the work of the EMG. In the 22nd Meeting of the Senior Officials it was requested that the EMG will gather more frequently, with a focus on the nexuses of environmental issues embedded in the 2030 agenda. In response, the EMG has partnered with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) to host a series of Nexus Dialogues beginning in 2017 to promote nexus-driven action linked to the SDGs. For these Dialogues, the EMG defines a nexus approach as one that focuses on overlaps between sectors while respecting sectoral expertise in order to make better plans by understanding interactions.

    The EMG Dialogue series contributes to a common understanding of the integrated goals and targets of the SDGs, as well as the requirements and opportunities these bring for UN entities to support the implementation of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda in a coherent and collaborative manner. The Dialogues provide an occasion for UN entities and other stakeholders to identify areas of mutual interest and to better understand the transmission channels through which an action in one sector may impact the outcomes of another.

    Through the Dialogues, partners can view the SDGs from a nexus perspective, acquaint themselves with available nexus methodologies and seek to identify practical strategies for integrating the nexus approach into their mission and work. The Dialogues may also serve as an opportunity for Member States to consider how a nexus approach could support collaboration among different governmental departments.

    The outcome of the Dialogues will be a set of identified environmental nexuses, a mapping of how environmental goals and targets contribute to other goals and targets and vice versa, and increased awareness of the nexus methodology as a way to approach the implementation of the integrated 2030 Agenda. In absence of a methodology or approach in addressing a nexus, the EMG may build on the results of the Dialogues to identify such an approach through its Issue Management Groups. Ultimately, the Dialogues may trigger UN agencies to establish multi-stakeholder partnerships to strengthen policy coherence and integrated policy development, and adopt mutual strategies and in support of implementing the SDGs.

    • EMG Nexus Dialogue Two

      Dialogue 2: 13th and 14th July 2017

      Poverty and Environment in the SDGs - How a Nexus approach enables effective partnerships, synergy and implementation at country level

      The second EMG Nexus Dialogue to be held on 13-14 July in New York will focus on the poverty and environment nexus in the SDGs. A technical segment will explore opportunities to strengthen the implementation of the SDGs by looking at lessons learned and good practices at the nexus of poverty and the environment at country level. A subsequent policy segment will address challenges and opportunities for enhancing environment and poverty nexus partnerships as well as issues that require strategic planning by the UN system, including through the work of the EMG.

      TECHNICAL SEGMENT, JULY 13TH, 2017, 09.30 – 17.00
      Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, 3 UN Plaza, New York

      The technical segment will focus on exploring opportunities to strengthen the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by looking at linkages between SDG targets, lessons learned, and good practice at the poverty-environment nexus. The objective will be to identify potential for further synergy, efficiency and partnerships within the poverty and environment nexus and to deliberate on ways to better integrate poverty and the environment simultaneously into policymaking, legislation, investments and budgetary processes. The discussion will be supported by a map showing the poverty-environment nexus in the SDG targets as well as by relevant case studies that bring forth lessons learned in cross-sectoral partnerships at the nexus of environment and poverty at country level.

      Facilitated by Ms. Isabell Kempf, UNDP–UN Environment Poverty–Environment Initiative



      1. Opening of the Dialogue
      Opening remarks by Mr. Elliott Harris, Director of the EMG and Ms. Susanna Sottoli, Deputy Director, Programme Division, UNICEF

      Session 1. Setting the stage

      2. Mainstreaming poverty and environment linkages in development planning - an overview of progress, challenges and opportunities from the World Summit in Johannesburg to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
      Mr. Tim Scott, UNDP
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      3. Strengthening the poverty-environment nexus in the SDGs - highlighting potential for further synergy, efficiency and partnerships

      Linking related SDG targets, sectors and initiatives to areas of overlap at the poverty-environment nexus using the Stockholm Environment Institute’s visualization tool.
      Dr. Eric Kemp-Benedict, Stockholm Environment Institute
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      4.The poverty-environment nexus in practice – lessons learned in cross-sectoral partnerships at country level

      Showcasing the process and outcomes of integrating poverty-environment objectives into the national development and sub-national development planning, from policymaking to budgeting, implementation and monitoring. Lessons learned from more and less successful examples.

      a) Mainstreaming poverty and environment into national planning processes - tools and approaches applied in Burkina Faso. Mr. Rasmane Ouédraogo, Coordinator of UNDP–UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative, Burkina Faso
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      b) Formulating the National Development Plan and landing the SDGs at local level in Guatemala through land management. Ms. Keila Gramajo, Advisor/Sub-secretary of Public Policy with the President’s Planning and Programming Secretariat (SEGEPLAN), Government of Guatemala

      c) Farm to Market Alliance – designing financial mechanisms to invest in more resilient, productive, and sustainable production at the farm level in Tanzania. Mr. Erik Chavez, Imperial College London

      d) The Cost of the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda and the Gender Global Environment Outlook. Mr. Michael Stanley-Jones, Poverty-Environment Initiative.
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      Session 2: Strengthening and scaling up poverty-environment nexus implementation

      5. Presentation of the new programme on Poverty and Environment Action for SDGs
      The role of the poverty-environment nexus in relation to the implementation of other SDGs.
      Mr. Nik Sekhran, UNDP, Ms. Isabell Kempf, UN Environment
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      6. Presentation of Feedback from the Nexus E-Discussion – food for thought
      Mr. Juan Chebly, UN Environment
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      7. Breakout session
      The goal of this session is to think concretely about implementing the poverty-environment nexus by imagining how participants may contribute to its implementation. Breakout groups will discuss the following questions, drawing on both personal experience and the dialogue presentations.

      Groups are asked to start with a vision, by asking:

      a) What would strengthening and scaling up the poverty-environment nexus look like in practice?

      They might then consider i.a.
      b) What are the entry points/mechanisms to achieve the vision?
      c) Who are the key actors?
      d) What resources are needed?
      e) What partnerships and interagency collaboration could support the vision?
      f) Are there any portions of the vision that are easier achieved? Why?

      Finally, participants are asked to reflect on the question:
      g) How could you move the poverty-environment nexus forward in your own work?


      8. Plenary Report by the facilitator(s) of the breakout session and summary of messages to be delivered to the policy segment

      9. Summary and closing of the technical segment

      POLICY SEGMENT, JULY 14TH, 14.00 – 16.00
      Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, 3 UN Plaza, New York

      During the Policy Segment, Senior Officials of UN entities, Member States and other stakeholders will share their perspectives on supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by strengthening the poverty-environment nexus. The panel will address poverty-environment nexus challenges and opportunities for enhancing partnerships and issues that require strategic planning by the UN system, including through the work of the EMG.

      Opening of the policy segment

      Opening remarks by Mr. Elliott Harris, EMG Director
      Introductory remarks by the Government of Switzerland
      Mr. Sebastian Koenig, Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Office for the Environment

      Summary of the technical segment’s discussion and conclusions

      Summary of the Dialogue’s technical segment discussions by the moderator. Introduction of the panel.

      Panel discussion

      Theme: Supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by strengthening the poverty-environment nexus – challenges, opportunities and issues for further work by the UN system
      Moderator: Mr. Tom Bigg, Director, Strategy and Learning Group, International Institute for Environment and Development
      Mr. Rasmane Ouédraogo, Director of the Division of environmental policies, Burkina Faso
      Ms. Isabell Kempf, Co-Director of UNDP–UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative
      Mr. Tim Scott, Senior Policy Advisor on the Environment, United Nations Development Programme
      Mr. Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary General, UN Environment
      Mr. Paul Ladd, Director, UN Research Institute for Social Development
      Dr. Erik Chavez, Research Fellow, Imperial College London
      Building on the outcome of technical segment of the Dialogue held on the 13th of July, the moderator will invite the panelists to deliberate on i.a. the following questions:

      1) Where do you see real progress over the past year or two, which shows what can be achieved?

      2) Please provide a context in which you see major obstacles and barriers to progress which will be tough to overcome.

      3) Please share an example of an opportunity for major change over the coming years which is only beginning to take shape.

      4) Describe an issue where there is currently real uncertainty, which requires further research and exploration over the coming year or two.

      Closing remarks

    • 2018 Nexus Dialogue Series

      Nexus Dialogue on Biodiversity - Biodiversity Mainstreaming in the context of Human Security and Wellbeing, 2 - 3 May 2018


      The first Nexus Dialogue of the 2018 series explored the interlinkages of Biodiversity with Human Security and Wellbeing during two days in Geneva. The Dialogue considered how the UN agencies and their partners can enhance their collaboration as well as individual efforts to support the implementation of  the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

      The outcome of the Dialogue Nature Opportunities for Human Security can be found here.

      The Dialogue was organized in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, with the support of the Swiss Government and the technical support of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

      Please see below the list of the speakers in each session and their presentations: 


      Day one – May 2

      Day one - Video

      Opening and Introduction

      • Cristiana Pașca Palmer, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (video message)
      • Elliott Harris, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Economic Development and Chief Economist in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (via skype)
      • Ambassador Michael Gerber, Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development, Switzerland (presentation)
      • Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International
      • Mehrnaz Mostafavi, Chief, UN Human Security Unit (HSU) (statement)
      • Jyoti Mathur-Filipp, Director, Implementation Support Division, CBD
      • Hossein Fadaei, Head of UN EMG Secretariat – Welcome remarks
      • Neville Ash, Director, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre – Lead Moderator of the Dialogue

      Political Security and Biodiversity

      • Moderator: Sofie Flensborg, Legal Officer, CITES
      • Soo Young Hwang, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR (presentation)
      • Dr. Claudia Ituarte Lima, Researcher on International Environmental Law, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Advisor, SwedBio (presentation)
      • Dr. Caroline Howe, Lecturer, Imperial College London (presentation)

      Health Security and Biodiversity

      • Moderator: Cristina Romanelli, Interagency Liaison on Biodiversity and Health, CBD-WHO
      • Elaine Fletcher, Senior Editor, WHO
      • Dr. Anna Zongollowicz, Senior Specialist, Research & Analysis, WWF International
      • Dr. Peter Stoett, Dean and Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (via skype)
      • Catherine Machalaba, Policy Advisor, EcoHealth Alliance (via skype) (presentation)

      Water Security and Biodiversity

      • Moderator: Meriem Bouamrane, UNESCO
      • Dr. Blanca Elena Jiménez-Cisneros, UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) (presentation)
      • Stuart Orr, Practice Leader, Freshwater, WWF International
      • Dr. Megan Jensen, Marine Environment Division, IMO (presentation)

      Food Security and Biodiversity

      • Moderator: Balakrishna Pisupati, Chairperson, FLEDGE
      • Marieta Sakalian, Coordinator for Healthy & Productive Ecosystems Sub-Programme, UN Environment (presentation)
      • Irene Hoffmann, Secretary of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, FAO
      • Joyce Njoro, Lead Technical Specialist – Nutrition-sensitive Agriculture & Rural Development IFAD (presentation)
      • Dionys Forster, Sourcing Specialist, Nestlé (presentation)

      Day two – May 3

      Day two - Video 

      Biodiversity, Climate Change and Eco DRR

      • Moderator: Dr. Gretchen Walters, Advisor on Nature based Solutions, IUCN (presentation)
      • Reza Salamat, Division for Sustainable Development, UN DESA (presentation)
      • Dr. Karen Sudmeier-Rieux, Senior advisor, Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Environment (presentation)
      • Karin Zaunberger, Policy Officer, European Commission (presentation)

      Trade and Trafficking of Biodiversity

      • Moderator: Paola Deda, Chief, ECE-FAO Forestry and Timber Section, UNECE
      • Markus Pikart, Programme Support Officer, CITES (presentation)
      • Lorena Jaramillo, Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD
      • Florian Steierer, Economic Affairs Officer, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section Forests, Land and Housing Division, UNECE (presentation)
      • Pierre du Plessis, ABS Initiative

      Biodiversity, Conflict and Migration

      • Moderator and speaker: Philippe Puydarrieux, Lead Natural Resource Economist, IUCN (presentation)
      • Asif Zaidi, Senior Advisor, Post Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, Policy and Programme Division, UN Environment (presentation)
      • Dina Ionesco, Head of Division, Migration, Environment and Climate Change, IOM
      • Lin Yan Hsiao, IUCN CEESP Theme on Environment+Peace (presentation)
      • Carl Bruch, Director, International Programs, Environmental Law Institute (via skype) (slide and talking points)

      Communication Strategies

      • Moderator: Jyoti Mathur-Filipp, Director, Implementation Support Division, CBD and David Ainsworth, Information Officer, CBD
      • Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Executive Director, Marketing & Communications, WWF International (presentation)
      • Ricardo Tejada, Director Global Communications, IUCN (presentation)
      • Jeff Melnyk, Founding Partner, Within People (presentation)
      • Inga Petersen, Senior Extractives Advisor, Post-Conflict and Disaster Management branch, UN Environment (mapping tool)

      Summarizing the findings of these two days and setting the scene for HLPF

      • Neville Ash, Director, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre – Lead Moderator of the Dialogue
      • Hossein Fadaei, Head of UN Environment Management Group Secretariat
      • Mehrnaz Mostafavi, Chief, UN Human Security Unit (HSU)
      • Jyoti Mathur-Filipp, Director, Implementation Support Division, CBD

      Should you have any questions please contact us at EMG[at]un.org.