We facilitate the voices of children and youth from around the world
The vision of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY) is the meaningful participation of children and youth and their organisations, networks and committees at all levels – local to international – in decision-making on sustainable development.
The UNMGCY envisions a world in which children and youth are planning, designing, implementing, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating policies aimed at achieving sustainable development.
What is the UNMGCY?
The UN MGCY is the formal United Nations general assembly mandated self organised space for children and youth to contribute to and engage in certain intergovernmental and allied policy processes at the UN.
We are a dynamic, international network of young people and organisations bringing about change in the world. We care about the future, the sustainability of our planet and the development of the people on it. We are here as a space for the voices of children and youth globally. At the UN and in our local communities, we are changing the way the world works. We are designing the future.
Welcome to the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth. If you are under 30 then this is your constituency within Sustainable Development negotiations and allied processes at the UN.
What Does UN MGCY Do?
Its primary purpose is to engage young people and their organizations in the Design, Implementation, Monitoring, and Follow Up & Review of sustainable development policies
Its primary purpose is to engage young people and their organizations in the Design, Implementation, Monitoring, and Follow Up & Review of sustainable development policies.
To achieve this, it facilitates both online and offline platforms & avenues to foster dialogue amongst young people and other stakeholders including governments.
In addition, it ensures spaces for children and youth to prepare, present and advocate for policy positions, conducts capacity building to take part in UN processes at the all levels, hosts trainings for effective participation of young people, as well as coordinate logistics, formal inputs, and resources related to the various UN processes
The first United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 – ‘The Earth Summit’, recognized that achieving sustainable development would require the active participation of all sectors of society and all types of people.
Hence its outcome, Agenda 21, formalized nine sectors of society as the main channels through which broad participation would be facilitated in UN activities related to sustainable development.
These are officially called “Major Groups” and have since been expanded and referenced in over a dozen GA resolutions and expanded to “Major Groups & Other Stakeholders”:
In addition, we have formal ad hoc agreements with different UN bodies.
We act as a bridge between children and youth and officials in the UN system, whilst ensuring children and youth are afforded the right to attend and intervene in official meetings, have access to and submit information and documents, make recommendations and organise events and meetings.
MGCY strives to be:
- Mission-driven and professional
- Participatory and consultative
- Independent of external control and voluntary in nature
- Egalitarian, respectful and inclusive
- Accountable, transparent and open
Coordination Structures of the UN MGCY
External Working Groups:
Participation in each UN Process is facilitated through an external working group corresponding to that specific process. The coordination of this work, including liaising with the relevant UN entity is carried out by Deputy Organising Partners (DOP). These are positions elected by the members of that specific working group, and may be member organisations or individuals nominated by member organisations.
Each of these working groups has Regional Focal Points (RFPs) as per the UN regions in that specific process. RFPs are either elected or are selected through an open peer review selection process. They may be member organisations or individuals nominated by member organisations and have a two year mandate.
Internal Working Groups:
Internal work including communications, finances, elections and outreach is facilitated through internal working groups that are coordinated by Facilitators. These positions are elected by the members of that specific working group. They may be member organisations or individuals nominated by member organisations and have a two year mandate.
These are groups that facilitate a combination of internal and external work, either focused on thematic topics or formal work streams of different UN processes. Currently the Youth Science Policy Interface Platform falls under this classification. These are coordinated by Focal Points. These are either elected or selected through an open peer review selection process. They may be member organisations or individuals nominated by member organisations and have a two year mandate.
The Assembly constitutes of all working groups, the board and all the members of the UN MGCY. Overall coordination of all the working groups, the Assembly, and the UN is carried out by the Organising Partners (OPs). These are organisations represented by a specific lead. They are elected by the Assembly and have a two year mandate.
Board (Children and Youth International):
The board of the UN MGCY, serves as its legal entity and coordinates the finance working group, supports the election working group and facilitates all formal mandate related work. The board members are elected by the assembly, need to be members and serve a two year mandate. MORE INFO