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).