A space for children and youth at the United Nations

We are the UN General Assembly mandated space for young people to meaningfully engage in 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 that their right to meaningful participation is realized. We do so by engaging formal and and informal communities of young people, in the design, implementation, monitoring, follow-up, and review of sustainable development policies at all levels. 

We have a long history, it was created through Agenda 21 in 1992. Additionally, it receives and strengthens its mandates through several GA resolutions, bilateral agreements and/or terms of reference with specific UN entities.


What do we do?

Our areas of work include 1) Policy and Advocacy. 2) Knowledge, 3) Youth Action, and 4) 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 to enhance their 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 addressing the needs of people and the planet. 


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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