Sustainable Development Goals
Help form the Sustainable Development Goals and the post 2015 development agenda by contributing to SDGs Thematic Clusters.
SD Financing
Inputs from Major Groups and other stakeholders will be solicited throughout the duration of the work of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on SD Financing.
In Focus
Upcoming events
Meeting/event Date Registration
Second meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 30 Jun - 9 Jul 2014 Click here
Thirteenth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals 14-18 July 2014 Click here
Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States 1 - 4 September 2014 Click here
Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on SD Financing
As per paragraph 255 of the Rio+20 Outcome document, the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing is committed to work in "open and broad consultation with relevant international and regional financial institutions and other relevant stakeholders".

In this context, participation and inputs from Major Groups and other stakeholders will be solicited throughout the duration of the work of the Committee. Please click here for more information.

Official Statements by Major Groups
Below are the 10 most recent Statements made by Major Groups at official United Nations proceedings. For full list, please click here.

Statement Date Major group
Major Groups: NGOs 4 Sep 2014 Non-Governmental Organizations
Plenary AM Session
Major Groups: Women 4 Sep 2014 Women
Ms Shirley Tagi, Plenary PM Session
Major Groups: Science and Technology 3 Sep 2014 Scientific and Technological Community
Plenary PM Session
Major Groups: Indigenous Peoples 3 Sep 2014 Indigenous Peoples
Mr Petero Qaloibau, Plenary AM Session
Major Group: Children & Youth 3 Sep 2014 Children and Youth
Plenary AM Session
Major Groups: Workers & Trade 2 Sep 2014 Workers and Trade Unions
Major Groups: Local Authorities 1 Sep 2014 Local Authorities
Ms. Florence Pignolet-Tardan
Major Group: Workers and Trade 19 Jul 2014 Workers and Trade Unions
Major Group: NGOs 19 Jul 2014 Non-Governmental Organizations
Major Group: Business & Industry 15 Jul 2014 Business and Industry
Major Groups
Since the first UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 - the Earth Summit - it was recognized that sustainable development could not be achieved by governments alone. This notion is reflected emphatically in the landmark outcome document of that Summit, "Agenda 21". Section 3 underscores the criticality of harnessing expertise and capacity from all sectors of society and all types of people: consumers, workers, business owners, farmers, students, teachers, researchers, activists, indigenous peoples, and other communities of interest.

Agenda 21 formalized this concept by recognizing nine sectors of society as the main channels through which citizens could organize and participate in international efforts to achieve sustainable development through the United Nations. These nine sectors are officially known as "major groups".

Twenty years later, major groups continue to demonstrate a high level of engagement with this process. The outcome document of the Rio+20 Conference, The Future We Want, likewise reaffirms that sustainable development requires the meaningful involvement and active participation of major groups and all relevant decision makers in the planning and implementation of sustainable development policies. It acknowledges efforts and progress made at the local and sub-national levels and the key role that local, regional and national legislatures and judiciaries play in promoting sustainable development. This includes their role in engaging citizens and stakeholders and providing them with information relevant to the three dimensions of sustainable development. Additionally The Future We Want highlights the importance of involving other stakeholders such as local communities, volunteer groups and foundations, migrants and families, as well as older persons and persons with disabilities.

Governments have committed to work more closely with major groups and other stakeholders and to encourage their active participation in processes that contribute to decision-making, planning and implementation of policies and programmes for sustainable development at all levels. They have likewise agreed to work towards improved access to information and communications technologies, especially broadband networks and services, in order to bridge the digital divide through greater international cooperation.
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