I United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth

A space for children and youth at the United Nations

We are the UN GA-mandated, official, formal, self-organised space for children and youth (under 30) to meaningfully engage at the United Nations.


Who are we?



The United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth is the UN General Assembly-mandated, official, formal and self-organised space for children and youth (under 30) to contribute to and engage in certain intergovernmental and allied policy processes at the UN. 

We act as a bridge between young people and the UN system in order to ensure their right to meaningful participation is realized. It does so by engaging formal and and informal communities of young people, in the design, implementation, monitoring, and follow-up and review of sustainable development policies at all levels. 

We have a long history, going back to 1992. The UNMGCY receives its mandate from Agenda 21, bilateral agreements and/or terms of reference with specific UN entities.

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The creativity, ideals and courage of the youth of the world should be mobilized to forge a global partnership in order to achieve sustainable development.
— Principle 21 of the Rio Declaration 1992

What do we do?

Our areas of work range from Policy and Advocacy to Knowledge to Youth Action to Capacity-Building.


Policy and Advocacy

We facilitate the collective participation of young people in official and formal avenues of policy design, implementation, monitoring, follow-up, and review at all levels. 

Capacity Building

We facilitate activities for young people aimed at enhancing understanding, knowledge and skills in relation to sustainable development, meaningful engagement, and the UN system.

Youth Action

We provide young people with a platform that encourages them to lead, join, showcase, and share innovative and effective actions aimed at addressing the needs of people and the planet. 


We provide young people a platform for dialogue to create an evidence base for best practices through the assessment of existing knowledge, generating new knowledge, identification of emerging issues, and effective use and dissemination.

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