The Environmental Management Group (EMG), established by the UN General Assembly in 1999 and led by UNEP, is identifying and addressing environmental and human settlements issues that require enhanced cooperation among UN organizations and with non-UN actors. The focus is on environmental education, harmonization of national reporting, environmental governance and environment-related capacity building.

UNCTAD is working closely with UNEP, UNDP, the regional commissions and WTO to develop a comprehensive programme for addressing the trade-environment-development nexus. An example of this collaborative effort is the UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development, which is focusing on the particular situations and requirements of small island developing states.