The JEU was created in 1994 as a mechanism of the United Nations to mobilise and coordinate emergency aid to countries affected by environmental emergencies and natural disasters with a major impact on the environment. This joint unit between OCHA and UNEP aims to improve the integration of environmental issues in humanitarian action and coordinates environmental evaluations in emergency contexts.

This year, the Unit is celebrating its 25th anniversary and has decided to develop its operational strategy with a view to future environmental issues and the challenges facing the humanitarian sector. The Strategic Advisory Group on Environment and Emergencies (SAGEE) is therefore meeting for three days for this purpose. Groupe URD will facilitate the workshop and will assist the JEU in developing its strategy. This ‘strategic reflection retreat’ will be taking place at Groupe URD’s headquarters from 30 September to 2 October, and will bring together about thirty participants.