We facilitate the voices of children and youth from around the world
What is the UN MGCY?
The UN MGCY is the formal United Nations General Assembly mandated and self organised space for children and youth to contribute to and engage in certain intergovernmental and allied policy processes at the UN.
How Does the UN MGCY Get it’s Mandate?
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. Our 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.