Major Groups Facilitating Committee (MGFC)

Formerly known as the “Global Civil Society Steering Committee”, the Major Groups Facilitating Committee (MGFC) “facilitates Major Groups and Stakeholders engagement with UNEP”. The Major Groups Facilitating Committee (MGFC) is not a decision-making body, but provides guidance and coordinates the engagement of Major Groups in the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum  (GMGSF) cycle.

The Major Groups Facilitating Committee (MGFC) is composed of Major Groups’ representatives and representatives from the six UNEP regions: 



Major Groups’ representatives are appointed every two years after an email consultation and online bidding process. This means that each of the nine Major Groups has two representatives 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.


Regional representatives are elected for a one year term during the Regional Consultative Meetings (RCMs) taking place once a year in each of the regions. These regional representatives represent the six UNEP regions: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and West Asia. The regional representatives also participate in the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF)

Major Groups’ representatives

Major Group Representative Organization
Business and Industry Birgit Englhardt United Nations International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) c/o Verband der Chemischen Industrie
Norine Kennedy United States Council for International Business (USCIB)
Children & Youth Nhat-Tan Nguyen TakingITGlobal
Kehkashan Basu TakingITGlobal
Farmers James Cole The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOA
Calvin James Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development
Indigenous peoples and their communities Lucy Muleinkei Indigenous Information Network (IIN)
Diego Escobar Guzman COICA: Coordinadora e las organisaciones indigenas de la cuenca amazonica
Local Governments Susana Rivero Baughman Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development
Yunus Arikan ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability
NGOs Marcos Orellana Centre of International Environmental Law (CIEL)
Habiba Al Marashi Emirates Environmental Group (EEG)
Scientific and Technological Community (including research and academia) Gisbert Glaser International Council for Science (ICSU)
Mohamed Abdel Raouf Environment Research, Gulf Research Center (GRC)
Women Caroline Usikpedo-Omoniye Niger Delta Movement
Isis Alvarez Global Forest Coalition
Workers and trade unions and their communities Anabella Rosemberg International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Yahya Msangi International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Africa

Regional representatives

Find out more about the Major Groups Facilitation Committee’s (MGFC) mandate in its Terms of References.