Major Groups & Stakeholders

UNEP aims at catalysing action to protect the environment through enhanced engagement and collaboration with the multitude of major groups actors who share the same purpose around the world. This strategy is based on engagement at the policy level to take into account major groups and stakeholders (MGS) expertise and views at the intergovernmental level, and on the programmatic level in implementation of UNEP's work programme.

Since 2004, the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders (GMGSF), preceding the annual UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) has become the core of UNEP’s engagement with MGS. It is the main entry point for MGS participation at the highest level at UNEP dealing with a range of environmental governance issues. This growing network also represents opportunities to further engage MGS society at the programmatic level.

The GMGSF is built through six regional consultation meetings (one per UNEP region). On an annual basis, representatives of MGS are invited to convene at a consultation meeting in the West Asia region, three to four months prior to the GMGSF, with participants engaging in a substantive dialogue on environmental issues that will be discussed during the next GC/GMEF and associated GMGSF. The main outcome of the Consultation is a regional statement to GMGSF and the election of representatives of major groups from the region to attend the GMGSF.

The 2011 Regional Consultation Meeting was held in Dubai, UAE on 9-10 October 2011 and focused on the issues and themes of Rio+20, with the statement prepared on this occasion being submitted to the Secretariat for Rio+20 as well as the GMGSF.

Regional Major Groups and Stakeholders Consultation in Preparation for RIO+20, Dubai, UAE, 9-10 October 2011


A UNEP publication series that presents views from Major Groups and Stakeholders of Civil Society or about issues that are relevant for them. PERSPECTIVES is coordinated by UNEP’s Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch/Division of Regional Cooperation. The presented views are entirely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of UNEP.