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- UNEP collaborates with a wide range of partners throughout the UN system and beyond to provide information on the state of the planet’s natural resources and their contribution to sustainable development. The increasing complexity of environmental degradation requires an enhanced capacity for scientific assessment, monitoring and early warning. UNEP is implementing or participating in several global environmental assessments, including the Global International Waters Assessment, the Global Environment Monitoring System Freshwater Quality Programme and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
- UNEP works with the secretariats of MEAs to support Governments to enhance their capacity to effectively participate in MEAS related negotiations and to implement the requirements under those MEAs by providing training and other capacity-building activities and knowledge management tools. UNEP supports the development of mechanism for synergetic implementation of MEAs, including through harmonization of national reporting based on cluster of MEAs or common themes cutting across MEAs, as well as through development of on-line portal for MEAs national reporting and knowledge management.
- The New York Office represents UNEP at the UN Headquarters. It serves as a vital link with Governments (through their Permanent Missions to the UN and their delegations to various intergovernmental meetings in New York), with agencies, funds and programmes of the UN system, and with departments of the UN Secretariat, notably the Offices of the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General. The Office ensures, through its participation in intergovernmental meetings, that UNEP’s voice and guidance on environmental policy issues are taken into account in the deliberations and recommendations of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council and its subsidiary bodies, as well as in other special UN summits and conferences. UNEP’s role in the coordination of UN system-wide activities in the field of the environment is ensured by the New York Office’s participation in major inter-agency meetings, particularly the UN System Chief Executives Board (CEB), the UN Executive Committees and the UN Development Group (UNDG) and the work of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) The Office develops strategies and specific policy initiatives and proposals in this regard. The Office also undertakes substantive collaborative initiatives with partners in the UN system, for example with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in the field of children’s environmental health.
- UNEP provides the secretariat of the Environmental Management Group of UN. The Environment Management Group (EMG) is a grouping of all UN agencies and Secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) 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; to 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 to 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. The EMG was established in 2001 to enhance UN system-wide inter-agency coordination related to specific issues in the field of environment and human settlements through a comprehensive series of measures designed to enhance coherent and coordinated action within the UN system in these areas. The EMG aims to identify and address, collectively, specific problems and issues on the international environment and human settlements agenda requiring enhanced inter-agency cooperation within a given time-frame through securing effective and collaborative involvement of the relevant United Nations system agencies, programmes and organs, and other potential partners. It also seeks to provide a forum for an early discussion and sharing of information on emerging problems and issues in the field of environment and human settlements, geared at finding collectively the most effective coordinated approach to address them