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United Nation Environmental Management Group (EMG)

The Environmental Management Group (EMG) was created in 1999 to improve coordination between UN agencies and agreements that work in the area of environment. The rationale was that it should have a “problem solving, results-oriented approach that enables the UN bodies and their partners to share information about their respective plans and activities; to inform and consult one another about proposed new initiatives; to contribute to a planning framework that permits the plans and activities of each participant to be reviewed within the framework of the whole range of activities being carried out by all participants, and to consult with each other with a view to developing an agreed set of priorities and on measures through which each participating organisation can best contribute to those priorities and achieve a more rational and cost-effective use in their respective capacities and resources.” In July 2006 the EMG held a Forum on the United Nations Reform Initiatives to facilitate discussions on the EMG contribution to the current processes of United Nations reform, i.e., to the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on System-wide Coherence in the Fields of Development, Humanitarian Assistance and the Environment and to the United Nations General Assembly’s informal consultative process on the environment. During the Forum, representatives of EMG member organizations exchanged views and perspectives on the core issues at the centre of the ongoing consultations on United Nations reform, with the overall aim of ensuring that the EMG’s contribution fully reflected the perspectives and views of its members and was endorsed by them.

EMG Forum on the United Nations Reform Initiatives
Geneva, 3-4 July 2006
The United Nations Environment Management Group (EMG) Forum on the United Nations Reform Initiatives took place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 3 and 4 July 2006. The Forum was held to facilitate discussions on the EMG contribution to the current processes of United Nations reform, i.e., to the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on System-wide Coherence in the Fields of Development, Humanitarian Assistance and the Environment and to the United Nations General Assembly’s informal consultative process on the environment.

EMG High-level Forum of the United Nations Environment Management Group
Geneva, 24 January 2006
Following the 2005 World Summit Outcome which specifically accords priority to system-wide coherence and underscores the importance of environmental issues for sustainable development, the EMG Chair decided to convene a high-level forum of the Group’s members to ascertain their views and recommendations on reviving and strengthening the Group and more effectively addressing existing and emergent environmental challenges in a coherent and coordinated manner.

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