Major Groups Modalities

The Major Groups Facilitating Committee (MGFC) is composed of Major Groups’ facilitators and facilitators from the six UN Environment regions.

Each Major Group selects two facilitators in an email consultation and online bidding process. This means that each of the nine Major Groups has two facilitators from among Farmers, Women, the Scientific and Technological Community, Children and Youth, Indigenous Peoples and their Communities, Workers, and Trade Unions, Business and Industry, Non-Governmental Organizations and  Local Authorities.

All Major Groups and Stakeholders' organizations accredited with the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UN Environment are authorized to vote. The Major Groups and stakeholders’ facilitators serve a two-year term on the Committee. The work of the MGFC falls under broad categories, including its ability to provide support on logistics and foster understanding of the process so that MGS can maximize their presence, operating within the rules of engagement and procedure that UNEP has set up; and providing guidance and finding expertise to develop policy positions representing the best contributions from the MGS constituencies relevant to the agenda points of UNEA. In doing so, the agendas of MGS meetings will reflect those of UNEA.

During the annual Regional Consultative Meetings, two facilitators for each UN Environment region are elected. They represent the six UN Environment regions: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and West Asia. The regional facilitators serve a one-year term as observers on the Committee and also participate in the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF).

Environment Programme’s Major Group Facilitation Committee and Regional Facilitators Meetings

The United Nations Environment Programme’s Major Group Facilitation Committee (MGFC) consists of two representatives per Major Group and two representatives per regions (Regional Facilitators) which are elected by Major Groups and Stakeholders’ organizations accredited UNEP. The administrative deliberations of the MGFC are further internally facilitated through two rotating chairpersons that are self-identified  among the members of the MGFC.

The MGFC serves as the formal avenue and main interface for the facilitation of Major Group and Stakeholders (MGS) engagement when it comes to UNEP’s governance. Communication between UNEP, represented by its Civil Society Unit (CSU), and the MGFC takes place through regularly organized teleconferences, e-mail exchanges, at face-to-face meetings (e.g. during UNEA)  at regional level during Regional Consultation Meetings (RCMs), etc.

The work of UNEP-MGFC members is guided via UNEP’s Stakeholder Engagement Handbook and any further internal TORs that Major Groups and regional constituencies may have agreed upon for their respective representatives.

Arrangements for Teleconferences between UNEP and MGFC 

Teleconferences (virtual meetings) should take place at least every two months and could be either initiated by UNEP or the chairpersons of the MGFC

Find the agenda and the minutes of the meetings here

The agenda of the teleconference is consulted in advance and eventually finalized by the Chairpersons of the MGFC, in consultation with UNEP and members of the MGFC. The members of the MGFC must further consult with accredited organizations for any further agenda items

The agenda will be  uploaded (at least 3 days if possible) prior to the meeting on UNEP’s website and  MGFC members must also inform accredited organizations by sharing  the link to the agenda. Accredited organizations may suggest agenda items through their representatives in the MGFC.