Our mandate from 1992 onwards:

At the first United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 - known as the Earth Summit, it was recognised that achieving sustainable development would require the active participation of all sectors of society and all types of people. Agenda 21, adopted at the Earth Summit, drew upon this sentiment and formalised nine sectors 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 including the 2030 Agenda. 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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–Children and Youth International-Board of Trustees/UN MGCY Board

–It is the legal and financial entity of the UN MGCY and supports the functioning of the secretariat. In addition, it serves an oversight role and convenes the grievance redressal mechanism of the UN MGCY.

As per its rules of procedure the board members are elected through the different working and coordination structures of the UN MGCY through a staggered process for a 2 year term.

It was incorporated in 2011 specifically for this purpose.