Global Community

    In order to cope with the increasing prevalence and severity of environmental emergencies, the global community needs to play a more active role in seeking to reduce the impacts of environmental emergencies and strengthen the resilience of at-risk countries and vulnerable communities.

    The EEC Global Community actively contributes at the advocacy and policy development level, so to ensure more countries are not only better prepared to respond to crisis, but also more resilient in the face of recurring disasters.

    The EEC Global Community has the tools and capacity to ensure this. It is now up to the Global Community to harness this potential to ensure the most effective preparedness and response guidance reaches those countries most at risk of environmental emergencies.


    Raising awareness of the potential risks and impacts of environmental emergencies is a core element of the EEC.

    Through international and regional fora, the EEC advocates for greater preparedness and increased commitment by the international community to adopt a formal, coordinated and comprehensive response system to environmental emergencies. 

    At the regional and local levels, the EEC promotes greater awareness through the dissemination of information and provision of technical trainings.

    Global Level


    The Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE) is a biennial global forum that brings together key government, industry, academic, and non-governmental representatives – policy makers, environmental experts and disaster managers – from around the world to improve prevention, preparedness, response and overall resilience to environmental emergencies.It is also a key source of guidance and accountability to the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU).

    The AGEE provides a unique opportunity for emergency managers, responders and concerned stakeholders to discuss the way forward for improving partnerships, advocacy, capacity building, international governance, operational modalities in environmental emergencies and integrating environmental concerns into humanitarian action.

    The Environmental Emergencies Centre, a product of the coordination and collaboration between AGEE partners, was officially launched at the 2013 meeting of the AGEE.

    Please see below meeting reports and outcome documents from previous AGEE forums and meetings.

    To download the 2013 AGEE report,  click here.
    To download the 2011 AGEE report, click here.
    To download the 2009 AGEE report, click here.
    To download the 2007 AGEE report, click here.

    • Environmental Emergencies Forum

    In 2015 AGEE has become the Environmental Emergencies Forum (EEF), an open platform organised as a conference to raise awareness, advocate for action, and create partnerships across stakeholder groups. The previous Steering Committee has been replaced by a smaller, more active Strategic Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (SAGEE). 

    The 2015 Forum explored the nexus of environmental risk, humanitarian crisis and climate change, identifying ways to better prepare for and respond to environmental emergencies and to contribute to global policy discussions. The format allowed for networking opportunities and sharing of knowledge.

    To download the 2015 EEF Outcome Document, click here.

    • UNISDR Global Platform

      The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Response (UNISDR) convenes the biennial regional Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction. The Global Platform is a major global forum for disaster risk reduction and for the provision of strategic and coherent guidance for the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action and to share experience among stakeholders. 

      The Environmental Emergencies Centre, launched at the 2013 UNISDR Global Platform, seeks to engage participants of the Global Platform in the work of the EEC, to further advocate for greater preparedness for environmental emergencies.

      For more information on the 2013 UNISDR Global Platform, click here.

    • Green Star Awards

      The Green Star Awards recognize those who have made remarkable efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to environmental disasters around the world.

      The Awards hail real-life heroes from around the world. They commend those who not only exercised courage and leadership to rise from the ruins of environmental disasters, but more importantly, those who worked tirelessly to prevent such crises, and established measures to brace for their impact.

      The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Green Cross International and the UN Environment Programme are the joint organizers of the Awards.

      To find out more information on the Green Star Awards, click here.

    • Wilton Park Conference

      Wilton Park organises over fifty events a year in the UK and overseas, bringing together leading representatives from the worlds of politics, diplomacy, academia, business, civil society, the military and the media.

      Focusing on issues of international security, prosperity and justice, Wilton Park Conferences provide a neutral environment where conflicting views can be expressed and debated openly and calmly, allowing acceptable compromise and resolution to be achieved.

      To find out more information on the 2011 Wilton Park Conference on Environmental Emergencies, click here.

    Regional Level

    • ASEAN

      Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional fora for discussion and decision making on a number of policy issues affecting its member states.

      ASEAN seeks to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development, promote regional peace and security, active collaboration and mutual assistance on matters of common interest, and increase collaboration and cooperation among the community of Southeast Asian Nations.

      Following the earthquake and tsunami of 26 December 2004, ASEAN adopted the Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (provide link to 5.2.3 Regional under International Governance). The Agreement distinguishes between three phases of an emergency: emergency relief; rehabilitation and reconstruction; and prevention and mitigation.

      The Agreement provides a framework for the development of operational procedures to respond collectively and expeditiously to disasters.

      The EEC engages with ASEAN on providing assistance primarily in the prevention and mitigation stage, through the provision of trainings, sharing of information, tools and guidance. Through ASEAN, the EEC can advocate for greater preparedness for the primary and secondary impacts of not only natural disasters, but also technological and human-induced disasters that also create environmental emergencies.

      For more information on the workshop conducted by the JEU with ASEAN member states, click here.

    • International Governance

      International systems governing response to environmental emergencies are at a crossroads. Individual states, regional institutions and international organisations alike have established a growing number of agreements, institutions and guidelines. Despite these the fragmented development of mechanisms addressing the specific needs at the international and regional levels, there remains no clear, overarching mandate or legal framework for responding to environmental emergencies.

      Although consolidated international systems governing response to environmental emergencies are evolving, until there is an effective legal mandate and framework governing notification and response to environmental emergencies, these measures will not enjoy the full legitimacy or status of other international systems.

      Greater understanding and capacity to use the agreements, institutions and guidelines that are currently in place is imperative to encouraging a more comprehensive and coordinated response to environmental emergencies.

    • Partnerships and Networks

      The EEC relies on the strength of its partners and networks to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to preparedness for environmental emergencies is always provided.

      Partners at the global level are essential in the advocacy and awareness raising activities of the EEC, to encourage and inform policy development and also improve programming and capacity at the country level.

      Our regional and country level partners are instrumental in providing the networks for the EEC to engage with and strengthen the preparedness and response capacity to environmental emergencies at the national and local levels.

      We are grateful for the continued support of all our partners and hope the work of the EEC will continue to provide effective and coordinated assistance and strengthened capacity to some of the world’s most at-risk and vulnerable countries.

    • ECOWAS

      The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), founded in 1975, is a regional group of fifteen countries, namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. ECOWAS is mandated to promote common policies in all fields of socio-economic activity, the free movement of people, goods, capital and services, and the harmonization of monetary, financial and fiscal policies.

      ECOWAS is an important channel for communicating the importance of greater preparedness for environmental emergencies in the West African region, and advocating formal policy development and implementation in this area.

      Through the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit, EEC trainings have been conducted with national responders to environmental emergencies, government officials and industry representatives from ECOWAS member states.

      For more information on the Beyond Response: Better Preparedness for Environmental Emergencies pilot training with ECOWAS member states in Nigeria in 2012.

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