Our mandate from 1992 onwards.

Agenda 21 formalised 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".

Since then, the term has been expanded and referenced in over a dozen UN General Assembly resolutions. The UNMGCY receives its mandate from these resolutions, bilateral agreements and/or terms of reference its specific entities. 


The Principles and Barriers to Meaningful Youth Engagement document is a set of principles derived from consultation processes of UNMGCY and builds on its work around related efforts throughout the UN system. UNMGCY sees them as intrinsic to any form of meaningful youth engagement with the United Nations.

Legally mandated rights-based.
— Principles of Meaningful Youth Engagement



In addition to the governance requirements of mandated position (all of which are either elected or peer selected) that are clearly outlined in the UNMGCY Process and Procedures, the UNMGCY has obligations towards the UN system, some of which are enshrined in resolutions of international soft law.

The UNMGCY is required to submit an annual Governance Reports to UN DESA-DSD, and as per paragraph 89 of the 2030 Agenda an annual report to the HLPF (High Level Political Forum) under the auspices of ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) and GA.


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