The Strategic Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (SAGEE)
The Strategic Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (SAGEE) reviews the work of the UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit and advises the Executive Director of UN Environment and the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
The SAGEE serves as a principal advisory group to OCHA and UN Environment, informing the development of policies related to environmental emergencies*. Specifically, the SAGEE provides independent high-level strategic direction and advice on issues related to environmental emergencies.
The SAGEE was established by the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE).
*An environmental emergency can occur following a technological, human-induced or natural disaster or conflict when human health and livelihoods are threatened and affected on a major scale by the release of hazardous substances, or because of significant damage to the ecosystem. Examples of such emergencies include oil spills, toxic waste dumping, and groundwater pollution, when the environmental risks are acute and potentially life threatening.