The UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) is the official, formal, general assembly mandated and self organised space for children and youth to contribute to and engage in certain intergovernmental and policy processes at the United Nations. The UN MGCY was created as space through Agenda 21 adopted in 1992 as part of the Major Groups system. Subsequently, the mandate has been enhanced through other General Assembly resolutions (such as GA Res 67/290, 70/21 etc) and ad hoc agreements with UN entities, bodies and conferences.
The Youth Commission on Science, Engineering, & Technology for SDGs is an initiative of the UN MGCY Science-Policy Interface Platform that achieves the following:
Provide an open platform for youth organizations and practitioners to engage in science-policy discussions on the role of data, science, technology, engineering, & innovation to achieve the SDGs and affiliated intergovernmental processes within the UN system (DRR, SCP, SIDS, FFD, Goal 14, Habitat III, COP 21)
Bring together a diverse group of youth from various backgrounds, experiences, and regions to formulate positions that will be communicated at high-level forums with member states, governmental officials, UN agencies, civil society members, private sector, and Major Groups & other stakeholders
Facilitate communication, access to information, and progress reporting on the implementation, follow-up, and review of the 2030 Agenda.
In regards to the upcoming multistakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs, we have developed an open platform to facilitate inputs by youth in the form of a UN MGCY Commission on Science, Engineering & Technology for the SDGs (link). More than 100 youth organizations have already engaged through blogs, surveys, offline consultations, webinars, and online forums. This process will continue into the ST&I Forum and eventually into the HLPF to link with national implementation efforts / S&T roadmaps.