I United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth

OUR WORK:

Meaningfully engaging youth at the United Nations

 
 
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OUR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

1992

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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.

 
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
 
 

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. 

 
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