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Sustainable Development Major Groups

Broad public participation is a fundamental prerequisite of sustainable development, and Agenda 21 recognizes nine major groups of civil society.

DESA's Division for Sustainable Development provides leadership and is an authoritative source of expertise within the United Nations system on sustainable development. It promotes sustainable development as the substantive secretariat to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and through technical cooperation and capacity building at international, regional and national levels.

The table below presents data on all organizations active in the CSD process, including special active and inactive accreditation categories, major groups' sectors, and meeting participation history.


Organizations active in CSD Meeting participation
Organizations active in the CSD process 1994
   
Accreditation  
Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) Roster 528
World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) - expired 712
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) - expired 26
 
Major Group Sectors
Business and industry 2152
Children and youth 4865
Farmers 2382
Indigenous people 2678
Local authorities 2515
Non-governmental organization 7677
Scientific and technological communities 2137
Women 4049
Workers and trade unions 1217
2011: CSD-19 110
2010: CSD-18 129
2009: IPM CSD-17 40
2009: CSD-17 117
2008: CSD-16 90
2007: IPM CSD-15 31
2007: CSD-15 94
2006: CSD-14 104
2005: Mauritius International Meeting (SIDS+10) 42
2005: IPM CSD-13 36
2005: CSD-13 104
2004: CSD-12 121
2003: CSD-11 89
2002: WSSD PrepCom III 122
2002: WSSD PrepCom II 133
2002: Johannesburg Summit (WSSD) 682
2001: CSD-9 12
2000: CSD-8 3
1998: CSD-6 19
1996: CSD-4 7
1995: CSD-3 5
1994: Barbados Global Conference on SIDS 44
1993: CSD-1 2
1992: Rio Earth Summit 1066