OUR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
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. Agenda 21 formalized nine sectors and rightsholder groups 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 UN General Assembly resolutions as “Major Groups and other Stakeholders”. The UN MGCY receives its mandate from these resolutions, bilateral agreements and/or terms of reference its specific entities.