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Created and mandated by the UN General Assembly, UN MGCY is the formal mechanism for young people to meaningfully engage in the UN. UNMGCY works on a range of issues at the global, regional and national levels across the pillars of the UN- human rights, sustainable development - environmental, economic, social, and  peace and security and organs of the UN- general assembly (GA), economic and social council (ECOSOC), security council, and secretariat.  

With membership of over 6000 youth-led and youth-focussed organisations, its avenues of engagement span across 40+ intergovernmental and over 150+ multi stakeholder processes/avenues. 

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Youth for Our Planet is a global movement of young people, calling on world leaders to urgently address the climate and biodiversity crises. The movement is made up of youth all over the world, with ‘mobilisers’ in 53 countries. Most YfOP mobilisers live in the Global South: there are 141 youth ‘mobilisers in Africa, 64 mobilisers in Asia, 31 mobilisers in Latin America and 21 mobilisers in Europe & Middle east. 

Mobilisers are active young people that lead local and national campaigns and actions in their country. They are supported by Regional Mobilisers, who are leading young people that represent each global region. They in turn are supported by a Global Coordinator who supports the youth to build movements and mobilise their countries at a global level.

Youth for Our Planet is an independent youth-led movement that is supported by a steering group of organisations: WWF-UK, RSPB, CoalitionWILD, Youth for Wildlife Conservation, Restless Development, GYBN, Engajamundo, Arctic Youth Network, Fridays for Future US, Youth Earth Advocates. Regional mobilisers and the communications manager also sit on the steering committee.

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Created in 2010, the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is a network of individuals and youth organizations from around the world whose common goal is to prevent and halt the loss of biodiversity

The network encompasses 550 member organizations from 145 countries and 43 national and regional chapters, representing a total of 1.1 million members. GYBN is the international coordination platform for youth participation under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and is committed to bring young people’s perspectives and positions into the negotiations so that they are heard and taken into consideration. GYBN promotes and facilitates collaboration between youth from diverse backgrounds in order to build a stronger and unified voice to advocate for the rights of future generations within the biodiversity policy arena. GYBN seeks to inspire global youth and future leaders to lead society towards the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity for a healthy planet.

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Formed in 2009, YOUNGO (Youth + NGO) is the official youth constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It consists of many youth-led organisations, groups, delegations, and individuals working in climate change-related fields. YOUNGO runs various working groups focusing each on specific aspects of the climate change within the UNFCCC negotiations and events to ensure that perspectives of the youth are taken into account in the multilateral decision-making processes. YOUNGO members also observe and report on climate negotiations, and the implications of their outcomes.

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UNEP Major Group for Children and Youth - Global Youth for Environment is the formal youth engagement mechanism to the UN Environment Programme. It serves as the self-organised platform of youth and youth organizations from different parts of the world working on environmental governance and conservation. The constituency is youth-led and independent, and advocates for inclusion, empowerment and meaningful engagement of young people in environmental processes, especially those of UNEP and UNEAs. UNEP MGCY came into existence in 2012, as part of a restructure process in the Major groups within the UNEP processes and by following a broader UNEP strategy entitled the Tunza Youth Strategy initiated in 2003, with the aim to create a global movement in which children and youth could participate in sustainable development and UNEP’s activities.

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The Global Youth Caucus on Desertification and Land is the formal youth constituency to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Formed in 2019, during the UNCCD COP 14, the Caucus is composed by youth and youth organisations who are involved in issues related to desertification, land-use, forests, and related matters. Their aim is to bring together youth advocates from different parts of the world, to build their capacity, share knowledge, build networks and to engage them meaningfully in the UNCCD processes.

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Climate Cardinals is an international youth-led non-profit working to make the climate movement more accessible to those who don’t speak English. Climate Cardinals
aim to educate and empower a diverse coalition of people to tackle the climate crisis. Climate Cardinals have over 6,000 volunteers who are translating and sourcing climate information into over 100 languages. To date, this international movement spans 41 countries and has reached over 350,000 people.

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Formed in 2009, the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) is a partnership between United Nations agencies, civil society organizations and other entities that work with children and young people.

YUNGA acts as a gateway for children and youth from around the world to participate in the activities and initiatives of the United Nations. YUNGA seeks to empower children and young people to have a greater role in society, raise awareness and become active agents of change. YUNGA aims to engage young people in activities of key environmental and social concern at both national and international levels.

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UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

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UNEP is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

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Opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and entering into force in December 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. With 196 Parties, the Convention has near universal participation among countries.  The Convention seeks to address all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services, including threats from climate change, through scientific assessments, the development of tools, incentives and processes, the transfer of technologies and good practices and the full and active involvement of relevant stakeholders including indigenous and local communities, youth, NGOs, women and the business community.

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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
FAO's goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. FAO believes that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.

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WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) is an independent conservation organization, with over 30 million followers and a global network active in nearly 100 countries. WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and nature by conserving the world's biological diversity; by ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable; and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

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Led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of businesses and UN partners, the Fund aims to raise over $100 million per year within the next five years for animal conservation, biodiversity and climate by asking brands to contribute 0.5% of their media spend every time an animal is featured in their advertisements.

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