UN Major Groups Established Through Dialogues with Civil Society Organisations in Barbados
On July 30th 2014, the “Civil Society Organizations’ (CSOs) Consultation on Small Island Developing States and Post-2015 Development Agenda”, which was hosted by the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) – Barbados Chapter and funded by Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), led to the adoption of the UN Major Groups framework. Over 40 representatives of CSOs in Barbados participated in the dialogue session and provided meaningful inputs into the development of the national position for the upcoming Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States and Post-2015 Development process.
In 1992 the United Nations paved the way for CSOs to participate in achieving sustainable development at the global level through formalizing Major Groups under Section 3 of Agenda 21. These Major Groups (Business and Industry, Children and Youth, Farmers, Indigenous People, Science and Technology, Local Authorities, NGOs, Women, and Workers and Trade Unions) create a mechanism to strengthen the role of CSOs in policy formulation and implementation at all levels to ensure real social partnership with the UN System and amongst government to support sustainable development.