Established by

General Assembly

Theme(s)

Sustainable Development/Climate Change/Environment

Year established

1999

Lead agency

Leadership

Executive Director, UNEP, Eric Solheim(Chair)

The EMG was established in 1999 pursuant by General Assembly resolution 53/242 as recommended by the Secretary-General in his report on Environment and Human Settlements (A/53/463). It is chaired by the Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and supported by a secretariat provided by UNEP. The Terms of Reference (TOR) of the EMG were approved in 2000 by the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC), which has since been replaced by the Chief Executives Board on Coordination (CEB). It followed a process of consultation carried out through the ACC’s Inter-Agency Committee on Sustainable Development (IACSD) and UNEP’s Committee of Permanent Representatives in Nairobi. The TOR was presented in a report from the eighth special session of Governing Council of UNEP to the General Assembly. EMG reports on its cooperation and achievements to the Governing Council of UNEP and other intergovernmental bodies as needed. It also interacts with other Interagency Bodies especially the Chief Executives Board of Coordination (CEB) and its subsidiary bodies.

EMG is a grouping of all UN agencies and Secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements as well as the Bretton Woods Institutions and the World Trade Organization working together to: 

  • Share information about their respective plans and activities in the fields of environment and human settlements; to inform and consult one another about proposed new initiatives; 
  • Contribute to a planning framework that permits the plan and activities of each participant to be reviewed within the framework of the whole range of activities being carried out by all participating agencies; and 
  • Consult with each other with a view to developing an agreed set of priorities as well as to institute measures through which each participating organization can best contribute towards the implementation of those priorities.

BRS
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
International Environment House
11-13 Chemin des Anémones, CH-1219 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 87 29, Fax: +41 22 917 80 98
Website: http://synergies.pops.int
Environmental mandate & activities

CBD
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
413 St.-Jacques St., Suite 800
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1N9
Canada
Tel: +1-514-288-222, Fax: +1-514-288-6588
Website: www.cbd.int
Environmental mandate & activities

CITES
Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
International Environment House
Chemin des Anémones 11-13, 1219 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-917-8139/40, Fax: +41-22-797-3417
Website: www.cites.org
Environmental mandate & activities

CMS
Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species
United Nations Premises
Hermann-Ehlers-Str. 10
D-53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel: +49-228-815-2401/02, Fax: +49-228-815-2449
Website: www.cms.int
Environmental mandate & activities

DFS
UN Department of Field Support
International Environment House
United Nations,
DC1 - 1500, New York, NY 10017, USA
Fax: +1 212 963 9222
Website: www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/about/dfs/
Environmental mandate & activities

ECA
Economic and Social Commission for Africa
Menelik II Ave.
P.O. Box 3001, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: 251-11-551-7200, Fax: 251-11-551-4416
Website: www.uneca.org
Environmental mandate & activities

ECE
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva-10, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-917-4444, Fax: +41-22-917-0505
Website: www.unece.org
Environmental mandate & activities

ECLAC
Economic and Social Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477
Vitacura, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Tel: +56-2-471-2000, Fax: +56-2-208-0252
Website: www.eclac.cl
Environmental mandate & activities

ESCAP
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
The United Nations Building
Rajadamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Tel: +66-2-288-1234, Fax: +66-2-288-1000
Website: www.unescap.org
Environmental mandate & activities

ESCWA
Economic and Social Commission for West Asia
UN-House
Riad El-Solh Square
Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: +961-1-981-301, Fax: +961-1-981-510
Website:www.escwa.un.org
Environmental mandate & activities

FAO
Food and Agriculture Organisation
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy
Tel:: +39-06-57051, Fax: +39-06-570-53152
Website: www.fao.org
Environmental mandate & activities

GEF
Global Environment Facility
1818 H Street N.W
Washington D.C 20433 MSN G6-602
Tel: +1-202-473-0508, Fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245
Website: www.gefweb.org
Environmental mandate & activities

IAEA
International Atomic Energy Agency
P.O. Box 100 Wagramer Strasse 5
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43-1-2600-0, Fax: +43-1-2600-7
Website: www.iaea.org
Environmental mandate & activities

ICAO
International Civil Aviation Organisation
999 University Street
Montreal, Quebec H3C 5H7, Canada
Tel: + 1-514-954-8219, Fax: +1-514-954-6077
Website: www.icao.int
Environmental mandate & activities

IFAD
International Fund for Agricultural Development
Via Paolo di Dono, 44
00142 Rome, Italy
Tel: +39-065-4591, Fax: +39-065-043463
Website: www.ifad.org
Environmental mandate & activities

ILO
International Labour Organisation
4, route des Morillons
1211 Geneva-22, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-799-6111, Fax: +41-22-798-8685
Website: www.ilo.org
Environmental mandate & activities

IMF
International Monetary Fund
International Monetary Fund, 700 19th Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20431
Tel: + 1 (202) 623-7000, Fax: + 1 (202) 623-4661
Website: www.imf.org
Environmental mandate & activities

IMO
International Maritime Organisation
4 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7SR, UK
Tel: +44-20-7735-7611, Fax +44-20-7735-3210
Website: www.imo.org
Environmental mandate & activities

ISDR
United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction secretariat (UN/ISDR)
Palais des Nations, 8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva-10, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-917-8907-8, Fax: +41-22-917-8964
Website: www.unisdr.org
Environmental mandate & activities

ITC
International Trade Centre
54-56 rue de Montbrillant
1211 Geneva-10, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-730-0111, Fax : +41-22-730-4439
Website: www.intracen.org
Environmental mandate & activities

ITU
International Telecommunications Union
Place des Nations
1211 Geneva-20, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-730-5111, Fax: +41-22-733-7256
Website:www.itu.int
Environmental mandate & activities

OCHA
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
United Nations
New York, USA
Website: ochaonline.un.org
Environmental mandate & activities

OHCHR
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais Wilson, Rue des Pâquis 52
United Nations Office at Geneva
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-917-9000, Fax: +41-22-917-9008
Website: www.ohchr.org
Environmental mandate & activities

Ramsar
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Secretariat
Rue Mauverney 28
1196 Gland, Switzerland (tel , fax
1211 Geneva-10, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-999-0170, Fax: +41-22-999-0169
Website:www.ramsar.org
Environmental mandate & activities

UNCCD
Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification
Langer Eugen/UN Campus
Hermann-Ehlers Strasse 10, D-53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel: +49-228-815-2800 , Fax: +49-228-815-2898
Website:www.unccd.int
Environmental mandate & activities

UNCTAD
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Palais des Nations
8-14 Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva-10, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-917-1234 , Fax: +41-22-917-0051
Website:www.unctad.org
Environmental mandate & activities

UNDESA/DSD
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development
Two UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017 USA
Tel: +1-212-963-8102 , Fax: +1-212-963-4260
Website:www.un.org/esa/sustdev
Environmental mandate & activities

UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
One United Nations Plaza
NY, NY 10017, USA
Tel: +1-212-906-5000 , Fax: +1-212-906-6973
Website:www.undp.org
Environmental mandate & activities

UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
PO Box 30552, 00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254-20-621234 , Fax: +254-20-624489/90
Website:www.unep.org
Environmental mandate & activities

UNESCO
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation
7, place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP France
Tel: +33-1-4568-1000 , Fax: +33-1-4567-1690
Website:www.unesco.org
Environmental mandate & activities

UNFCCC
Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Haus Carstanjen
Martin-Luther-King-Strasse 8
53175 Bonn, Germany
Tel: +49-228-815-1000 , Fax: +49-228-815-1999
Website:www.unfccc.int
Environmental mandate & activities

UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
605 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10158 U.S.A.
Tel: +1-212-297-5000 , Fax: +1-212-370-0201
Website:www.unfpa.org
Environmental mandate & activities

UN-HABITAT
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
P.O. Box 30030
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254-20-62-3120 , Fax: +254-20-62-3477
Website:www.unhabitat.org
Environmental mandate & activities

UNHCR
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
94 rue de Montbrillant
Case Postale 2500
1202 Geneva
Tel: +41-22-739-8111 , Fax: +41-22-739-7377
Website:www.unhcr.ch
Environmental mandate & activities

UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund
UNICEF House
3 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York 10017 USA
Tel: +1-212-326-7000 , Fax: +1-212-887-7465/7454
Website:www.unicef.org
Environmental mandate & activities

UNIDO
United Nations Industrial Development Organisation
Wagramerstrasse 5, P.O. Box 300
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43-1-2600-0 , Fax: +43-1-2692669
Website:www.unido.org
Environmental mandate & activities

UNITAR
United Nations Institute for Training and Research
International Environment House
Chemin des Anémones 11-13
1219 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-917-8455 , Fax: +41-22-917-8047
Website:www.unitar.org
Environmental mandate & activities

UNOPS
United Nations Office for Project Services
UNOPS Headquarters
Marmorvej 51, PO Box 2695,
2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: +45 4533 5000,
Website:www.unops.org
Environmental mandate & activities

UNU
United Nations University
5-53-70 Jingumae
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
1219 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +81-3-3499-2811 , Fax: +81-3-3499-2828
Website:www.unu.edu
Environmental mandate & activities

UNWOMEN
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
220 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017, United States
Tel: +1 646 781-4400 , Fax: +1 646 781-4444
Website:www.unwomen.org
Environmental mandate & activities

UPU
Universal Postal Union
International Bureau
Weltpoststrasse, 4       3015 Bern, Switzerland
Tel : +41-31-350-3111 , Fax: +41-31-350-3110
Website:www.upu.int
Environmental mandate & activities

WFP
World Food Program
Via C.G.Viola 68, Parco dei Medici
00148 - Rome, Italy
Tel: +39-06-6513 , Fax: +39-06-6513 2840
Website:www.wfp.org
Environmental mandate & activities

WHO
World Health Organisation
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva-27, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-791-2111 , Fax: +41-22-791-3111
Website:www.who.int
Environmental mandate & activities

WIPO
World Intellectual Property Organisation
34, chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva-20, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-338-9111 , Fax: +41-22-733-5428
Website:www.wipo.int
Environmental mandate & activities

WMO
World Meteorological Organisation
7bis,avenue de la Paix, CP 2300
1211 Geneva-2, Switzerland
Tel: + 41-22-730-8111 , Fax: + 41-22-730-8181
Website:www.wmo.int
Environmental mandate & activities

The World Bank
The World Bank Group
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433 USA
Tel: +1-202-473-1000 , Fax: +1-202-477-6391
Website:www.worldbank.org
Environmental mandate & activities

WTO
World Trade Organisation
Centre William Rappard
Rue de Lausanne 154
1211 Geneva-21, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-739-5111 , Fax: +41-22-739-4206
Website:www.wto.org
Environmental mandate & activities

UN WTO
United Nations World Tourism Organisation
Capitán Haya 42
28020 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34-91-567-8100 , Fax: +1-34-91-571-3733
Website:www2.unwto.org
Environmental mandate & activities