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About us

The Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) is the official voice for any under 30 in the sustainability negotiations (aka CSD20, MDG Special Event and HLPF). We are engaging with young people from across the world to share our voices at the UN. Through networking and collaborating, the MGCY has strong teams that contribute to the policy negotiations. The MGCY also works to inspire and platform youth activism through a series of working groups, aimed at bringing people together to help build the global youth voice.

Download an the MGCY Overview Document to better understand who we are and what we do.

We're serious about what we do

The vision of the Major Group for Children and Youth is the advanced participation of young people at all levels; locally, nationally, regionally and internationally, in the protection of the environment and the promotion of economic and social development.

The mission of the Major Group for Children and Youth is to ensure that the interests of children and youth are taken into account in the planning and decision making processes, and that youth in particular participate meaningfully in the CSD-processes.


  • To advance the role of children and youth within the CSD and related processes;
  • To facilitate dialogue and collaboration within its constituency, resulting in group dynamism and unity in diversity; and 
  • To encourage and support dialogue and collaboration between Major Groups and civil society at the CSD.

How we work

Over the years, the Major Group for Children and Youth have learned ways to continuously improve the way we function. A key learning was that we need a framework, a guiding set of principles that all members can operate by. So, we developed the Processes and Procedures document which was a collaborative effort of the Major Group. Please read the document so that we can all act from a common set of goals and principles, and some of them are highlighted below.

MGCY Processes and Procedures_ADOPTED_April2011.pdf

In addition, we believe the best way to work is by collaborating as much as possible. We have created a number of working groups so that people with different interests, skills and abilities can get involved.